the humility of Christ
Text: Philippians 2:5-11
There are some things about God and His ways that will likely be a mystery to us for as long as we carry our earthly bodies. But, He has graciously revealed many things to us in His Word so that we might understand His love for us. The “how” of the incarnation of Christ is indeed a challenging concept, but it is our great privilege to study and grasp the “what” and the “why”. And not only can we study it, we should!
Here is what the Bible tells us: Jesus is a person in the Godhead – the three-in-one Trinity, along with the Father and the Holy Spirit. They have been and will be for eternity – no beginning, no end (see Matthew 3:16-17, John 16:13-15 & Matthew 28).
Christ came to earth, all-God and all-man. And the Bible says in Philippians he humbled himself -he made himself nothing. No one else had the power to make him nothing. He did that. He went from the Throne Room to a manger of his own volition. In obedience to the Father.
“Incarnation” means becoming human. God was human. He felt human pain – hunger, grief, insult and betrayal.
And he was without fault. Sinless. Innocent. He had the human capacity to sin and he did not.
And they hated him – the people he came to save. And they accused him of things – even knowing he wasn’t guilty.
And innocent, he gave himself to a humiliating death on a cross. No one else could make him do that either.
Once in the Throne Room, then in the manger, hungry and mocked, all-God and all-man, He hung on a tree – a tree that He created.
He allowed it all. He submitted himself to humiliation. Because it was the only way.
We can’t understand how this is possible. But the Holy Spirit did inspire an entire Book to tell us why.
Why did he leave his place in Heaven? Love.
Why did he take on human likeness? Love.
Why did he hang on that tree? Love.
“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Amen, sisters. Amen.