“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!”
Often, I’m reminded that my attitude should be like Christ’s. Other times, I am awestruck that He humbled himself and became obedient to death on a cross for my sake.
Today, as I think about the approaching Christmas season, I am struck by the words “he made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”
We read in John 1 that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made….and the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Doesn’t that just knock your socks off? Doesn’t it cause you to marvel and worship? All things were made through Him, yet He submitted himself to taking on creaturely flesh. The omnipotent Son of God came to earth as a helpless baby. The omnipresent Son took on human form and confined himself to a body. The eternal God, who holds time in his hands, and through whom all things—even time—was created took on a body and came into our world at a certain point in time.
Our minds can barely grasp the meaning of the words God Incarnate.