This Christmas FiG is helping you to keep yourself focused upon Christ in this busy season where we celebrate our saviours birth. The seventh day is brought to you by M., a missionary from Asia.
Philippians 2:5-7 “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.”
Although Jesus never stopped being God, and never stopped being King of the Universe, yet from his birth when he took on flesh and dwelt on this earth (John 1:14), he took on the role of a submissive servant. Philippians 2:9-11 describes the honour that Jesus deserves “…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.” However, on this earth the King of Kings and Lord of Lords did not receive the honour he deserved. In his servant role Jesus not only served his disciples, but he rubbed shoulders with the brokenness of this world, receiving dishonour, hurt, mockery and rejection.
We know what it is like to live in this broken world. We are all too familiar with sickness, struggle, and being hurt by others. Now ponder again what Jesus has done for us. The eternal, omnipotent Creator and King of the Universe humbled to the point of becoming a human servant. Our Omniscient, all knowing Saviour knew the reality of what he was getting himself into. Yet he embraced life on earth as a servant, so that he could be the Saviour who can rescue you from this broken world.
So this Christmas, be reminded again of how Jesus took ‘the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.’ He did this for you and me.