May - 15 - Wednesday

Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with
God, but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant.

Philippians 2:5 - 7

Voluntary humiliation

In His essence and His nature Jesus Christ is the eternal God. He did not attain this sublime status by any unrightful, or even rightful means. It belonged to Him from eternity. In His

Person He was and is the eternal Son of God.

But the time came when the Son of God divested Himself of that divine glory and became man like us, albeit sinless. That meant subjecting Himself to the limitations of human life. What He had personally never experienced before, He now learned: He became hungry and tired.

Yet He remained God at the same time. He concealed the external glory of His deity. No-one who saw the child Jesus lying in the manger could have recognized from His appearance that

He was the Creator of heaven and earth. Nevertheless, as the incarnate Son of God on earth

He still upheld the universe at all times according to its physical laws.

With His incarnation He took upon Himself the form of a bondservant. He who was accustomed to giving commands to angels now learned to obey God. In subjection He carried out day by day all the instructions that the Father gave Him.

His humiliation went even a step further: He obeyed His God to the point of death. Nothing and no-one could keep Him from that. At the cross He took the lowest place in order to give God the highest honour. As the only human being He remained faithful to Him right up to His final breath.