Christ’s Divine Sacrifices
Verse 7 …rather, He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
In our time together yesterday we talked about Jesus going back up to heaven. Let’s take some time to think about what He was gaining by heading home. Sure He was leaving His friends behind to continue His work but He was regaining all that He had set aside when He became a human.
He would have entered Heaven to great rejoicing. He had accomplished all that He had come to do. He was likely given a hero’s welcome. He had set aside His glory. He had not enjoyed the praise He would normally receive while He was on earth. He was once again enjoying the presence of the Father.
Another thing that He would enjoy once He was back in Heaven was freedom from sin. While He never sinned during His time on earth, imagine how different it was for Him to be surrounded by sinful people when He had been used to a place filled with complete holiness. He would be back in the beauty of Heaven. While He no doubt enjoyed His creation, because it is a fallen world there are aspects of it have likely loss its original beauty.
The thing that should amaze us most is that He chose to leave all those things behind because of us. He loves us so much and knew it was in our best interest for Him to leave the comfort and glory that He was accustomed to so that we wouldn’t be banned from eternity with Him. He gave it all up and subjected Himself to things that He didn’t deserve, so He could conquer death just so that we will be with Him for eternity.
Now let’s go back and read verse 5 from today’s passage, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” What would it look like if we lived in sacrificial ways? Of course we can’t live a perfect life but there are things that we could do for others but don’t because we don’t want to inconvenience ourselves. Where would we be if Jesus had had that same attitude?
Making It Personal
When has someone done something for you that you knew couldn’t have been easy for them? What have you done for someone that was inconvenient for you? Who can you show Christ to today by living sacrificially?
Making It Personal Kids
Have you ever had someone do something for you that you know wasn’t easy for them? Have you ever done something for someone else that wasn’t easy for you to do? Who can you help today even if it isn’t easy?
Father, we are in awe at all You were willing to do so that we can be with You for eternity. Help us see ways that we can love others with the same attitude that You love us. In Jesus’ name, amen.