Out Of The Ivory Palaces

There’s a song we sing at church called “Out Of The Ivory Palaces” which further increases our appreciation for what Jesus did in coming to this earth. The premise of the song is that the magnitude of Jesus’ love is further seen when we realize the sacrifice Jesus had to make just in leaving his lofty position in heaven to come down to this earth to live as a common man. As it were, the king or prince left his “ivory palaces” (Psalms 45:8) to dwell among his lowly subjects.

Indeed Jesus did leave heaven (John 3:13) for our eternal benefit. II Corinthians 8:9 puts the concept this way – “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor , that ye through his poverty might be rich.” I am sure the Lord’s garments (and everything else) were “so wondrous fine” (in a spiritual sense) as the song states, but he gave it all up in order to help us. Perhaps we should ask ourselves this question – would we be willing to do the same for our fellow man?

Philippians 2:6-8 describes Jesus’ voluntarily loss in position thusly “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” The greatest King ever, yet also the most humble person ever.

Indeed we should be so appreciative of Jesus leaving his superior and exalted position in heaven and lowering himself to become a man in order to die for us. Truly Jesus was “God with us” (Matt 1:23).


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