5 Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by Jesus Christ, 6 who, though he was God, did not demand and cling to his rights as God, 7 but laid aside his mighty power and glory, taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men. 8 And he humbled himself even further, going so far as actually to die a criminal’s death on a cross.
9 Yet it was because of this that God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name which is above every other name,
The word, “kenosis” is the word behind “emptied”. Jesus did not ever stop being God but he emptied himself of the advantage that being God would bring. In a way, he took off his kingly robe to put on the robe of a servant but he was not done humbling himself. His obedience took him as far as death, even to a humiliating death on a cross. The Morning Star, Heaven’s Glory, the Indescribable Gift, the Light of the World and the Lion of the Tribe of Judah willingly surrendered himself to the worst that humanity could bring, Satan tried to crush him, Peter denied him and Pilate washed his hands of him yet with tears and prayers to his Father that if there would be any other way, “let this cup pass from me”, he surrendered himself to His Father’s will and learned obedience in the things which he suffered. No one would or could take his life; it was his to offer, which he did. Jesus offered his life for you and for me, now is the time to offer your life to him (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Think of someone you know who could use a little joy in their lives and pray for presence of the Lord to rest on them. “In His presence there is fullness of Joy” Psalm 16:11.