Have you ever experienced a swing from one extreme to another?
Maybe it’s emotional – you go from happy to sad, suddenly. Or from Bold and Confident to timid and insecure?
Maybe it’s financial – one year you are making a lot of money and doing well for yourself, but the next year you are struggling to pay the bills?
I remember in high school, this would happen to me at Basketball games. One half, I’d drop like 17 points. But then in the 2nd half, I’d score 2. I never understood why – it just happened! I would swing from one extreme to the other.
Well, Jesus intentionally went from one extreme (God) to another extreme (servant).
Philippians 2:7 says,
‘rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. ‘
Jesus started at the highest place. And then he swung to the lowest place. Verse 7 says, “He made himself nothing.” The phrase literally means that he emptied himself. He poured himself out. He was equal to God with all the rights and privileges as God. But he made himself nothing. He gave up those rights and privileges. He became a servant. Or better, a “slave.” A slave is someone who has no rights.
Jesus became a nobody. Remember when he got on his knees and washed his disciples’ feet? Paul says our attitude should be the same as Jesus. Instead of clinging to our own privileges and rights, we should humbly serve each other in love.
This week, I can’t help but consider the reality that the cross was Jesus’ destination all along. The cross was the heart of Jesus’ mission, and it is the heart of the gospel. Jesus traveled from the highest place to the lowest place. There was no place lower the Son of God could go than death on a cross.
Question of the day:
In your opinion, why did Jesus choose to go from “Godliness” to the cross?