What is the extent to which #Jesus subjected Himself to #humiliation?
Philippians 2:8 “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
It may seem at first glance as if Paul were repeating himself at the beginning of this verse, since he said in the previous verse that Jesus was “born in the likeness of man.” However, Paul is taking us through a progression of thought so that we might see Christ’s perfect humility in His sacrifice. It wasn’t just that he became a man, that though He is God He still took on all of the weaknesses of human flesh, but the majority of people saw only that outward form. Most people didn’t look on Him and see anything other than a mere man, calling him crazy and demon-possessed. Can you imagine the humiliation to which He succumbed? He is the King of kings, and mankind largely didn’t see it. But our Jesus didn’t stop there. He continued by humbling Himself even further. He endured a mock trial where they spit on Him and beat Him and pulled out the hairs of His beard, all while He said not a word. He could have called down legions of angels and leveled the entire palace of the High Priest, but He remained quietly submitted to this humiliation—on our behalf. But again, He didn’t stop there. Paul said that He suffered humiliation willingly “to the point of death, even death on the cross.” Jesus humbly allowed the people He came to save to murder Him, and not just in any way. Paul used the word “even” because crucifixion, developed by the Persians and perfected by the Romans, was the most painfully excruciating death imaginable, reserved only for slaves and the worst of the riff-raff. He did that for you and for me. Oh, the amazing love of our God and Savior, and all so that you and I might know life.
Study/Meditation: After reading Hebrews 2:5-18 , why did Jesus suffer and endure this level of humiliation?
*Father, please forgive me for when I under-appreciate what Your Son, Jesus, did on my behalf. Thank You, Jesus, for Your loving sacrifice. All praise and honor and glory unto Your Name! Amen.