Scripture

Philippians 2:5-11

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 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 on earth, and things under the earth. And that every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

I memorized this verse back in the fifth grade. Recently though, I’ve heard it in my church (a lot), and we’ve talked about it a lot in Bible class (yeah, a huge perk of being homeschooled. We have Bible class!). It’s really kind of meant a lot more to me.

We talked about how these verses describe the humiliation and the exaltation of Christ.

Verse 5 says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” So back up to verses three and four, which explains this verse: “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

So when it says, “Let this mind be in you,” it’s saying to put others before yourself; have their best interests in mind. Then, after it says “which was also in Christ Jesus,” it goes on to show how He also had that same mind, or attitude.

“Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”

So, we all know the Christmas story, right? The story of how Jesus came to earth as a baby, born of virgin, to one day die for our sins?

Sure, we know that. But do we truly realize just what that meant?

This has really proved to me just how much you can think you’ve gotten everything there is to get out of a verse, and still find something didn’t know or realize before.

Mary and Joseph were poor. A young girl and a carpenter. Jesus wasn’t in born into some wealthy, rich family. They were so poor, they couldn’t even afford a place to stay when they came to Bethlehem. We were just talking about this in Sunday school, how, if they’d had any money at all, someone would’ve made room. And hello, you’ve got a pregnant girl who needs somewhere to stay!

But no, they didn’t get a comfortable place. A stable was no comfortable, nice place to have a baby. A manger was certainly not the best, most snuggly place to lay a newborn baby. Jesus was born into an impoverished family.

And that was only the beginning of Christ’s humiliation.

For the 33 years He was here on this earth, Jesus was surrounded by sinners. And while He was fully God and fully man, He felt pain. He was tempted (yet without sin. And He was tried outwardly. There was no inward lust in Jesus.)

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15

Jesus got hungry. He got thirsty. He was tired. He laid aside His godly attributes (though still being fully God) so that He could identify with us.

And just leading up to His crucifixion, He was betrayed by one of His disciples, He was denied by another, He was beat and torn and mocked. And that’s really just to name a few things. Then He was nailed to the cross.

This is really where it kind of hit me; I realized something I guess I really hadn’t before.

Jesus said several things while He was hanging on that cross. One of them being, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Jesus literally bore the sins that every man was and would ever do. And because God is holy, He cannot look on sin.

Jesus had, until that moment, used “Father” when He addressed God. But because Jesus took on our sin, His fellowship with God the Father was broken. He was forsaken. He couldn’t address God and “Father.”

He had experienced pain, sadness, hunger, and so many other things that He as God shouldn’t have had to experience. But He did it for us. And in that moment on the cross, Jesus experienced something He’d never felt before, and that was God completely turning His back on Him, because God is holy, and cannot look on sin.

This really kind of hit me in a way it hadn’t before. Like, Jesus had never experienced that before. And it’s just like, He did not have to do that for us.

But He did. And when He cried out, “It is Finished!” He was done carrying our sins. He’d completed the sacrifice, restoring His fellowship with God the Father. “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.”

That was the humiliation.

But then, Jesus rose from the dead! He’d defeated death and the grave. He conquered our sin. And now, He’s sitting at the right hand of the Father. That’s where the second part of the verse comes in.

“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 on earth, and things under the earth. And that every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

His exaltation will last all into eternity. And we can either choose to accept His gift of salvation, His gift of love, and bow before our Lord and Savior now, laying down our lives for His cause. Or we can wait until it’s too late- and still bow. Because one day, every knee will bow. He will be exalted. Our choice isn’t whether or not we will bow. It’s when.

Jesus is worthy of all our worship. He deserves our lives. He laid down His life for us, and now, we are called to share this good news.

I am so thankful that Jesus came and died for me. For you. And we don’t have to worry about what happens to us on this earth if we have been “crucified with Christ.”

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

God is with us through all of our sufferings, and they are nothing compared to what is coming. People need to know this good news. People need to know, and make the choice to exalt Jesus, worship Him, with their lives, before they one day have no other choice than to exalt Him. And we should want to praise Him. He laid His life down for us:

“But God commendeth his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (seriously guys, I LOVE Romans {specifically Romans 8})

Anyway, all that to say. Philippians 2:5-11 has really meant a lot more to me lately, and I wanted to share that with you. (I learned a lot of this in Bible class in school, and also in Sunday school and church.)

I hope you guys are blessed by this! Let me know your thoughts on this Scripture passage!

 

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