“You must have the same attitude as Christ Jesus had. Though He was God, He did not think of equality with as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.”
It is comforting to know that Jesus Christ lived as one of us. He felt our pains, lived through our temptations (although did not sin), experienced our struggles and yet still do all this without sinning and without compromising. As Paul writes, “He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being”. Even more incredible is that the sentence “He gave up His divine privileges” in the original Greek, literally means that ‘He emptied Himself’ for our sakes and made Himself of no reputation taking the form of a slave/servant. The God who is above all, became the least of all to show us His love by giving Himself as our substitution for the debt of our sins.
He walked as one of us, and was treated as one of us. He was beaten for our sakes, and hung on the cross for our sins. The God of the universe, there at the beginning of time, put to death by the hands of those He has created. Why? He did it for us. Isn’t incredible to know that Jesus Christ lived as one of us, for our sakes? If He didn’t, we would not know God’s love and His incredible plan for our lives.