Philippians 2:6-8 “Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead He gave up His divine privileges, He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.”
Many people have judged the life of Jesus while He was on earth, that He was able to do all the things He did because He was the Son of God. But this scripture disproves that. If you go through a word study translating some of the words from Greek (the language it was written in originally) to get a better understanding of what the writer was trying to say, the Apostle Paul said that Jesus emptied Himself or made void His divinity to resemble man, lived in the likeness of man, in the limitations of a human being who totally relied on the power of the Holy Spirit (just as a Christian would) to do all the miracles He did.
He felt pain and suffering, hunger and thirst, disapproval, rejection and desperation. He behaved in an unassuming manner, simple and humble. He didn’t come with the pomp and regality of a prince with power. He allowed Himself to suffer the most torturous way to die, in the most cruel and humiliating manner reserved only for the worst of criminals and then experience the most desolate and lugubrious place of hell Satan had especially reserved for Him. He went through all of that to know by experience what it was like to be a human, and also to serve as Someone we can identify with and follow after. That is the God we have, Someone Who loved us so much He went through all of that to prove just how much He loves us and to show us “this is the way to live”.
“It’s hard to fully grasp how much You went through just to be able to save me. But You did. And You gave up so much to prove to me how much You love me. You opened my eyes so I could see the hope and reality of another life, a better way to live. And now I can live in a covenant relationship with You so that I can fully rely on You for my peace and well-being. Continually change me so that my life reflects You, and by Your grace at work in me, I will live for You all the days of My life. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”