Philippians 2:8 NKJV And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
I. From exaltation to humiliation so that we might be exalted
John 10:17–18 NKJV“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”
He was subject to His creation
He was submissive to the Father
John 3:17 NKJVFor God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:34 NKJVFor He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. John 5:19 NKJV Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. John 6:38 NKJVFor I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
His incarnate position as the Son of Man makes possible our eternal privilege as sons of God
2 Timothy 2:11–12 NKJVThis is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. Romans 8:16–18 NKJV The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
II. From life to death so that we might live
The reality: He was born to die
Matthew 2:9–11 NKJVWhen they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
A shameful death
A painful death
A cursed death
The result: we are born again to live
His shame on the cross becomes our honor
His pain becomes our joy
His curse becomes our blessing
Galatians 3:13–14 NKJVChrist has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
III. From rich to poor so that we might become rich
2 Corinthians 8:8–9 NKJV I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
See His poverty in the world
He gives up His rights
He gives up His resources
Be His people in the world
We give up our rights
We give others our resources
”We talk glibly of the Christmas spirit, rarely meaning more by this than sentimental jollity on a family basis. But it ought to mean the reproducing in human life of the temper of Him who for our sakes became poor at the first Christmas. In the Christmas spirit itself ought to be the mark of every Christian all year round. It is to our shame and disgrace today that so many Christians, the soundest the most orthodox go through this world in the spirit of the priest and the Levites, seeing human needs all around them. But after a pious wish and perhaps a prayer that God might meet those needs, avert their eyes and pass by on the other side. That is not the Christmas spirit. Nor is it the spirit of those Christians, alas they are many, who’s ambition in life seems limited to building a nice middle class Christian home and making nice middle class Christian friends, and bringing up their children in a nice middle class Christian ways, and who leave the sub middle class sections of the community Christian and non Christians to get on by themselves. The Christmas spirit does not shine out in the Christian snob. The Christmas spirit is the spirit of those who like their master, live their whole lives on the principle of making themselves poor, spending and being spent to enrich their fellow humans. Giving time, trouble, care and concern to do good to others and not just their own friends in whatever way their sins need.”
God has amazed us with His grace through the humility, sacrifice, and liberality of His Son