Well, it’s almost Friday, but I’ve had a busy work schedule the past two days, and it still technically is Thursday. Time for our next post:
“…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. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” – Philippians 2:5b-8
Imagine, for a moment, what it would be like to be God: Timeless, all-powerful, all-knowing permeating the entire created universe yet existing eternally outside it. Always existing, without a beginning or end. Think of how that contrasts to our fleeting existence. How much thought do you give to a single microbe, or a tiny ant? Would you be willing, in order to save the life of a single microbe or ant, to become one yourself? To be bound by their limitations? Yet God did that for us.
God the Son, one person in a triune oneness, both distinct yet fully united with His Father and the Spirit, willingly chose, from the vastness of eternity, to condescend to us and take on our frail, insignificant form, to live and ultimately die as one of us. True, God the Son, as Jesus, retained his power and knowledge, but used them sparingly. Think of what you might do if you had all the power and knowledge in the universe? Would you limit yourself to the life of an ant? Would you hold back when you are rejected and despised?
Such love God showed us when he chose to suffer as we suffer, and take the sins of his people upon himself. The all-powerful Creator of the universe chose to live and breathe among fighting, squabbling, struggling people in a small strip of land on the Mediterranean coast. And he did this so that we, his pathetically helpless yet masterfully made Creation, might endure with him forever. Would you make such a sacrifice?