Somebody Became a Nobody for Everybody
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. ~Philippians 2:8
This morning, we are considering a passage of Scripture that touches on the purpose and plan of the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. In this passage, we see the Son of God became the Son of Man so that sons of men could become sons of God. He was Somebody Who became nobody for everybody.
We see Jesus in his deity.
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” Deity means Jesus is God. He did not become God: He has always been God. In deity, Jesus is co-equal, co-eternal, and co-essential with God the Father. He is infinite and everlasting. He is all-knowing, all-powerful and able to be everywhere at one time. He is not limited in any way. He is Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is Creator God, co-equal God, Commander God, and completely God.
We see Jesus in his descent.
“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.” Jesus entered this world through the womb of a virgin. No human father was involved or could be involved in the conception of Jesus. He was conceived through the power of the Highest so that He could enter this world as our sinless Savior. As the Son of Man, He did not come in blazing fanfare. He grew up in the most humble and obscure of circumstances. During His ministry, He lived a simple and meager life with no place He could call home. He came and functioned as a servant. The Creator served His creation! We must not forget how humble and modest our Jesus lived on earth.
We see Jesus in his death.
“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” He became a man and lived in total humility for the sole purpose of laying down his life for the sins of the world. He was the Lamb for sinners slain. He was the Just dying for the unjust that he might bring us to God. He redeemed us out of the slave market of sin by His vicarious death. He paid the sin price in full and left a zero balance for every sinner. He was born to die! Oh what a Savior!
We see Jesus in his dominion.
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Three days after His death He arose from the grave. His resurrection is the crux of Christianity. He conquered sin, Satan, and death. God the Father has exalted Jesus as Lord of lords and King of kings. One day in eternity, every knee shall bow to Him and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord. He will resume His Kingly dominion during the millennium.
As we consider all of this, Philippians 2:6-10 shows us Jesus from the cradle to the cross to the crown. He was somebody who became nobody for everybody.
Have an encouraged God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Peter 1-5