Jesus: Humble and Honored
December 25, 2005
INTRODUCTION: 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 humiliation.
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-centeredness. 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 selfless humility.
John 13:12-17, "So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? "You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.
"For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. "Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. "If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them."
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