#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)
Let’s ‘look’ - see Jesus again and be amazed. Confess He’s ‘the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’. Be filled with awe at His sacrifice and His gift of righteousness. Say ‘he has surpassed me because He was before me’. See His eternal nature. Humble yourself under His Lordship.
This week, I'm also encouraging you to memorise Philippians 2:5-11.
COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY
Some groups are not meeting in August. However, if you do meet, please use one of the daily studies and the questions below as the basis of your study together.
1. What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about (maybe from Sunday's message or your bible reading this week)?
2. What will you do in response?
3. How can we pray for you?