A Tabernacle of Clay – Mosiah 3:5

5 For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases.

The angel who appeared to King Benjamin taught him that the Savior, a member of the Godhead, would come to earth and would look like one of us. As Isaiah had prophesied, “when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him” (Isaiah 53:2). In other words, He would seem like an ordinary human being.
The contrast between the Savior’s eternal identity and His earthly appearance is dramatically represented in the following phrases from the Hymn “Jesus, Once of Humble Birth:”

Once he suffered grief and pain;
Now he comes on earth to reign.
Once a meek and lowly Lamb,
Now the Lord, the great I Am.
Once upon the cross he bowed;
Now his chariot is the cloud.
Once he groaned in blood and tears;
Now in glory he appears.
Once rejected by his own,
Now their King he shall be known.

Today, I will follow the Savior’s example of humility. I will look for ways I can serve which are non-ostentatious. I will focus on how I can help others rather than on how I might appear to others.

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