Humble Even to Death

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The first post in this devotional series covering the book of Philippians is Devoted to Philippians.

In Philippians 1:7-8, we are told the magnitude of Jesus’ commitment: “… but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Previously, I mentioned that Jesus dropped infinitely far to become one of us.

But then, because He has lowered Himself to be one of us, He actually became a servant. It’s the son(s) who inherits human fortunes, not generally servants. Yet, He went this far as well.

Once He became one of us, His eventual death was a foregone conclusion. And so was His resurrection. But, God … becoming a man? While it shouldn’t have been, it seems to have been hidden from us since shortly after creation. Probably not by God’s choice: He declares it clearly in many places, starting in Genesis 3:15. But, because of sin, we couldn’t even understand that.

I’ve said it before: Christmas is the greatest miracle of all, in my opinion. And, we should never cease praising Him for choosing to join us here on Earth. Never cease.

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