1996-12-23 - Christs' Humiliation
It is in the face of the humiliation of Christ, the humiliation of the manger, that Paul talks about our need for conformity to the example of our Lord. The great precept that is pressed upon us is to love one another. Christian love is a mutual love. The same love that we are required to express to others, others are bound to express to us.
Vs. 7, "He made himself nothing, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men."
The humiliation of Christ was simply the humanity of it. It was His humanness that was humiliating. He emptied Himself and made Himself nothing. He who knew all subjected Himself to limitations of mind in body. He had to grow in knowledge. He got hungry. He needed sleep. There was no glory here, there was humiliation in every way. Christs humiliation consists in the fact that He was born.
Now this humility is for our imitation, (vs 5), "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus". We must remember to follow His example if we would be His saved people.
"If we have not the Spirit of Christ, we are none of His..." (Rom 8:9)
The entire life of Christ was one of humiliation, poverty, and disgrace. He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief as Isaiah 53 tells us. He did not come to earth with pomp or any marks of distinction. The lowest point of His humiliation was His dying the death upon the cross. When we think of the manner of His dying it is even more amazing. It was a shameful, cursed, and painful death. Full of pain the body nailed through at sensitive parts and hanging with all its weight upon a cross. It was the death of a slave, and exposed as a public spectacle.
Christ had a great concern for our well being. We must be concerned for the credit, ease and safety of others as Christ was. We must rejoice in the advancement of others as if it were are own. We must love our neighbor as ourselves and make his or her cause our own.
"The glory of the incarnation is that it presents to our adoring gaze not a humanized God or a deified man, but a true God-man---One who is all that God is and at the same time all that man is: One on whose almighty arm we can rest, and to whose human sympathy we can appeal." Benjamin B. Warfield
Soli Deo Gloria,