I wrote this a long time ago, but wanted to share it with all of our readers here.
Philippians 2:6-11 6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross! 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
In verse 6 we see the word nature, meaning the attributes of God, what makes God…God. Jesus possessed these attributes. This affirms that Jesus is God. In the second half of this verse… “did not consider equality with God something to be grasped”, we can see the willingness of Jesus to set aside the glory He had with the Father in heaven, before Jesus became flesh. Jesus was willing to give up His high position at the side of the Father, to come here.
In verse 7 it says Jesus “made himself nothing.” Jesus did this not by giving up His deity…but by emptying himself of all the prerogatives of being God. Jesus willingly set aside His glory and His own nature as God, to come here from heaven …to serve. “taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness”. Jesus took on the nature of a servant…He was always submissive to God the Father…Jesus was here to do the will of the Father…not His will. Jesus also suffered the humiliation of being born as a man, quite a step down from His place in heaven with the Father.
In verse 8, “And being found in appearance as a man”, Jesus not only took on the appearance of a man…he also had all the characteristics of a man. Jesus was both fully God, and fully man. Jesus experienced all the same things we do…because He allowed Himself to. Therefore…Jesus has a unique grasp of the trials, tribulations, and the joys we as humans experience. “ he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross!”, How did Jesus humble Himself? He was always obedient to the Father…as a servant. Obedient even to the point of death…no one killed Jesus…Jesus chose to die…in obedience to His Fathers command. Not only did He willingly die…the Lord died upon the cross. Crucifixion was the most degrading form of execution there was in Jesus day.
In verse 9… “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name” Jesus was raised up that He may be seated at the right hand of God the Father. Jesus was given all authority in heaven and on earth. God the Father…gave to Jesus the name above all names…Lord. Jesus is exalted above all others…on earth and in heaven. Therefore, means because of…because Jesus, who is God…was obedient to His Father…He is now exalted, placed above all others, everywhere.
In verse 10-11…”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.”
All people are to worship Jesus. This was, and is God’s plan. Jesus is the Lord, our Savior, deserving of our worship. At His name, every knee should bow. When Jesus returns…all people, living or dead…will bow before Jesus and acknowledge Him as Lord, Willingly…or unwillingly.
The lord of all creation…came here not to be served…but to serve. Jesus served his Father. He also came here to serve us. Out of Jesus great love for us…he came here to die. So that we may have forgiveness for our sins…and that we may have life eternal…with our Lord. Jesus was willing to give up a lot for us…His very life even. If Jesus who is Himself God…was willing to give up everything He was, all that He had…to redeem us from our sin, which the penalty for is death…shouldn’t we willingly love and serve Him?
g t h 7/15/09