#169 – HOW HE SERVED US (13/8/20)
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‘…Rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!’ (Philippians 2:7-8)
We have been served by God. Jesus, the eternal God has died to save us. He who deserved all service and worship has died for sinners.
He made himself nothing
Jesus, in becoming a man, did not lose any of His divinity - He was and is fully God. This phrase is about Him going to the cross for us. Augustine wrote,
”He emptied himself not by losing what he was but by taking to him what he was not.”
Jesus took to Himself the nature of a suffering servant for you and me.
John the Baptist sums up our response so well,
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ (John 1:29-30)