Helpless Baby, Victorious King
Philippians 2 : 4-8
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
My brain tries not to explode as I think of how crazy it is that God sent Jesus to us. As a completely helpless, dependent, diaper filling infant. Can you imagine holding Jesus as a baby, staring down into the face of God? Mind blowing.
God must have had a very good reason to send Jesus as a baby, not a full grown man. It doesn’t make much sense logically to send a baby and then wait 30 years until he will fulfill God’s plan to save His people.
Here is the thing. God did not just send Jesus to save us. That was only part of the reason. He sent Jesus to make himself KNOWN.
Before Jesus came, no one really knew what God was like. There was a partial picture of Him in the Old Testament scriptures, but it was not complete. Jesus, in the tiny shape of a baby, gave us a perfect picture of what God is like.
Colossians 1 : 15
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
Jesus laid down his God-likeness, and became a servant to all. He humbled himself by laying aside his crown to take on the most helpless form of a human, an infant. He did this because He longs to be in relationship with His people, for them to know Him and be known by Him.
Since Jesus knew we would not be able to understand God in his fullness, he became fully man. He became one of us so that we could understand God the Father.
He did this to experience life as we do and to make the Father known to us. He was without sin, and yet Jesus humbled himself perfectly and is now highly exalted above every other name.
I don’t know about you, but I struggle with humility daily. I want to be exalted and lifted up, whether by seeking approval of the world or being praised by my family. It’s definitely a problem when held up to the light of scripture:
Philippians 2 : 3
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit,
in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
This fear of man leads to nothing but disunity, sin and destruction. No. We do not need to fear placing others before ourselves. For in this dying to self, we find true joy in this life. Following in the example of our Savior in giving ourselves to humble service, we lay up treasures in heaven. And we know that NOTHING can take away the rich reward we have, the hope of eternity with our loving Father.