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JESUS: HUMBLE AND HONORED
August 1, 1999
INTRODUCTION: Prov 15:33, "The fear of the LORD is
the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility."
1 Pet 5:6, "Therefore humble yourselves under the
mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time."
The text before us serves as a great reminder to the
Philippians of the greatest example of servanthood,
namely the Lord Jesus Christ. It is in this text that we
see that the only person worthy of exaltation chose
To many, the Lord Jesus had not appeared on the scene
of human history as they had predicted in human
speculation. Some expected Jesus the Messiah to come
as a military conqueror; others a prophetic teacher;
others, an apocalyptic figure who would bring down
God's wrath. In divine revelation the Bible taught that He
was coming as a "suffering" Messiah. (Isa. 53)
Paul reveals the Lord Jesus Christ as abandoning His
golden throne room in favor of a dirty sheep pen. We
see majesty in the midst of the madness. We see the
routine of life explode with the joy of our Redeemer. It is
a perfect portrait of divinity entering the world on the floor
of a stall.
With this in mind, Paul reminded the believers in Philippi
that the Christian life is not to be a life of self-
centerdness. It is to be a life of self-surrender to the will
of God, to the needs of our fellowman, and to the
example of Christ.
This passage speaks of the self-emptying of our Lord in
His incarnation (God becoming man in the flesh). This is
the N.T.'s classic Christological passage, meaning that
Jesus is the Christ, the anointed one of God, the Savior
of mankind, the prophesized Messiah.
I. THE ATTITUDE OF CHRIST. 5
According to verse 3 "others" is the key truth in this
chapter. The believer's eyes are turned away from
himself and focused on the needs of others. Jesus Christ
is the ultimate example of sel ...
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