Today as I was reading my Bible, I was in Philippians and was reading chapter 2 and just thinking how much this passage really relates to Christmas and the whole idea of Jesus coming as a man to redeem His people.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ; who being in very nature, God, did not consider equality with God as something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that 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. ~Phil. 2:5-11
Christmas is about the incarnation of Christ….Jesus as God coming into the world as a man. In this passage we are first told that our attitudes should be the same as the attitude that Christ had in leaving His unique fellowship with God and coming to earth to carry our sins and sorrows, to be smitten and afflicted by men, to be scorned and pierced for our transgressions. (Isaiah 53)
It is such a beautiful thing to me that Jesus, as said in verse 6 didn’t count His position with God as something to hold on to, but that He was willing to give up that standing with God to come as a baby in order to deliver us from our sins and to give us hope and peace!
Sometimes, I think that I separate Christmas and Easter so much….Christmas strictly focusing on Jesus coming as a baby into the world. And then Easter I focus on His death and resurrection. But really, they are inseparable. The reason that Jesus came was save us, He had a purpose.
Jesus was the ultimate missionary…definitely my Hero.
Jesus, thank you so much for coming to this earth, for dying on the cross, and for Your resurrection! You amaze me.