If you consider what Jesus did for us, it is so humbling, so awe-inspiring that words cannot adequately express the depth and width and height of His great love for us. Jesus has always existed. He was with God in the beginning (John 1 has a LOT to say on this!), yet He lowered Himself, enslaving Himself to the Father's will. He humbled Himself unto death, even the death on the cross which was so gruesome, cruel, painful, and slow, to put to death, once and for all, the rebellion we destroy ourselves with. God, in the flesh, worshipped by angels from eternity past, beaten, mocked, and murdered upon a tree, all for love. And what does this mean for us? Consider Philippians 2:1-10: So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. If we want to look like Christ, we will imitate Him. We will serve the Father, and all others, sacrificially, seeking to exalt Him above ourselves. Let us then seek to imitate Jesus Christ in every way, even should it mean dying, whether physically or otherwise, for the sake of God the Father that He may be exalted forever!
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