At first sight, Philippians 2 v 5-11 isn’t the most obvious Christmas reading, but it has become one of my favourite Christmas meditations.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God,
something to be grasped,
Jesus willingly let go of the exalted position, which was His by right and by merit: Father, Son and Holy Spirit in eternal loving relationship, worshipped by the hosts of heaven and needing nothing. A perfect, majestic and deserved existence. But Jesus did not grasp onto it – He humbled Himself to enter to damaged world He had created.
but made Himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
Jesus didn’t come to a fine palace, the best medical care and a fanfare. He submitted Himself to be born an outsider and to be placed into an animal feeding trough, because nothing better was available. But the humility and poverty of the manger point to much greater humility and poverty of leaving the glories of heaven.
And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled himself and became obedient to death –
even death on a cross.
Once again, the physical humiliation and degradation of the cursed tree point to infinitely greater humiliation and degradation of bearing the sins of the world in His body. Perfect God takes all my filth on Himself.
For love of His Father and for love of the world – including me, Jesus humbled Himself, humbled Himself and humbled Himself again.
Your My attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.