“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11)
This passage from Paul’s letter to the Philippians exemplifies the fullness of Christ. Jesus Christ, being fully divine in nature could have kept himself at that status. He could have solely held onto the truth that he was in the very nature of God. However, as we are aware, Christ chose to humble himself and taking the fully human nature. He went even further to display the servant’s nature.
As we approach Palm Sunday and Holy Week, we will hear this passage read as part of the worship. Palm Sunday is the designated time where we hear the Processional Gospel – where Christ entered Jerusalem. It was a time of joy and celebration. It was a time to proclaim Jesus as a King. Yet, Jesus did not enter in the typical form like other royalty. He entered on a colt – the foal of a donkey. As one who could have displayed a very royal status, Jesus comes into Jerusalem in a humble state. He then endured a painful crucifixion and death.
Did Jesus ignore this divine nature? Did he focus solely on his human nature? I believe that he was fully aware of both natures. He was aware of his divine connection to God – whom he received instruction. He also was aware of his calling to humanity and to show obedience, so that we would seek obedience. For us, our earthly status is not to be our dominating factor to determine who we are. No matter how high up we are on a corporate ladder, we are called to be humble, reflecting Christ in all we do.
Jesus Christ – fully human and fully divine – was present for you and for me, so that God’s glory would be revealed. This glory would come as Christ experienced death – overcoming the power of the grave – and through his resurrection, gaining victory and redemption for all. May we celebrate Christ’s power and authority, while reflecting on the sacrifice he made so that we might have life.
Pastor Arlyn ><>