Last week I wrote about how God wants us to be better than the world. But Jesus made himself “less than” to live on earth. He is God yet He made himself human to show us how much he loves us. Click To Tweet
“Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” Phil. 2:6-8 Let’s look at verses 6 and 7 of the Amplified version: “although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God [as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes—the entire nature of deity], did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted [as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it]; 7 but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man].”
Jesus emptied himself of all of his Godly attributes to come down to earth and appear to us lowly humans. Isn’t that awesome! God not only loved us enough to come down to earth and sacrificed his life to save us from our sins, he gave up his place in Heaven to do it. And in honor of his lowly visit to us, he asks that we be humble and “think of others better than ourselves.” Phil. 2:3 Jesus loved all people, lame, leper, men, women, but especially sinners. So this is the way we should live our lives also. Paul tells us in Philippians to love one another, work together with one mind and purpose, don’t try to impress others and don’t look out only for your own interests. These are only some of the Bible’s instructions or code of conduct, and to me a great way to honor Jesus’ sacrifice. I hope you too will contemplate our Lord’s willingness to come down to earth and love us personally this week.
I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11
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