To The Point of Death

Silent Night! Holy Night!

5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 

6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5-8)

Jesus is God. Jesus has all the attributes and prerogatives of God. Jesus voluntarily checked all of these — including his divine glory and majesty — at the door of humanity so that he could be fully human in all ways.  The writer of Hebrews says,

16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:16-18)

And later adds,

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. (Hebrews 4:14-15)

Jesus understands. Jesus understands what we face — every one of us. Jesus serves with the full experience of temptation, yet without caving to sin. Jesus was able to do this during his earthly life because he exercised complete humility — to the point of dying on our behalf on the cross of Calvary. In full humanity, he experienced everything from conception to death. Jesus understand because he, our God, humbled himself to dwell among us.

For today, stop and consider that Christmas is really a celebration about God taking these extraordinary steps to fully embrace everything that you and I face. He’s not “out there” somewhere, he truly is God With Us. He knows your need — and he knows your heart. You can trust him.

You can watch the Sunday message again here.