“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling on to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being…..”
This passage in Philippians is one of the most clearest accounts of what Jesus actually had to sacrifice for us. Not only does it explain His sacrificial love for us but also helps us to understand how humble Jesus was.
Paul explains that Jesus was God. Yet when He realised that mankind could never pay the debt of their sin, He knew that He had to sacrifice Himself, in human form, for the sins of the world. So, in the words of the original writing, He literally ’emptied Himself’, gave up His ‘divine privileges’ and took the position of a slave (again the original writing is even lower than a servant).
Let us not forget that this same Jesus, stood with the trinity, in perfect union at the beginning of time, flinging stars into space, breathing life in humanity and all created things. This same Jesus was there even before creation existed, yet here HE is, humbly emptying Himself of all His royalty, His divine privileges and making Himself as a human being, the very people He created.
Jesus did all this for you and I. He gave Himself up for us. He allowed Himself to suffer in our place because He loves us. He set us the perfect way to live our lives. He gave us the perfect example and He is living in us to help us become more like Him. Let us strive to live humble lives in the power of His Name and through the strength of the Holy Spirit.