CHRIST IS GREAT YET HE HUMBLED HIMSELF
The humility of Christ speaks clearly of His intention. He is God and Creator from the beginning. Thus superiority belongs to Him eternally. However, He became man in order to redeem the human race from sin. Paul expressed the humility of Christ thus: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name” (Phil 2:5-9).
Those who believe in Him and accept His offer of salvation are saved. He has that power to save and to reconcile them to God.
This epistle addressed a problem that was common among the Jews in understanding the Law of Moses in relation to the coming of Christ. They were not persuaded that Jesus was the Messiah who was foretold in the Law and the Prophets. They held that Moses was their prophet and the Law that he gave was superior to everything else. They were still waiting for the Messiah to come at a future date. This closed their minds so much so that they did not believe in Jesus. Also the believing Jews had doubts about the cessation of certain practices of the Law that Christ had come to fulfil. There was much controversy in the early church over the issue and the Apostles strove to address the problem. The Lord Jesus Himself knew of the misunderstanding for He often faced opposition from the scribes and Pharisees. A number of times He deliberately went against their traditions with the intention to teach them. The Apostles followed His teachings. These words were written for their understanding. Clear comparisons are made to substantiate the superiority of Christ.
THOUGHT: Humility is a virtue that Christ taught practically.
PRAYER: Father, may I always learn to be like Christ.