He put on Skin

"He didn't claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion." (A portion of Philippians 2:5-8 from "The Message" by Eugene H. Peterson)



Jesus went from the highest place in the universe, in Heaven, to the lowest place on earth, the grave. He let go of his status and privileges as God and put on skin. Human skin. He became a man, lived as a servant, was executed like a criminal on a cross, and buried in a tomb like any other man would be. Our God was buried! For us!

Jesus climbed down the ladder of status, privilege, and success in this world to purchase freedom for us from sin, punishment, and death.

Which way are you climbing in society, in your relationships with others?

In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 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 human being, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11)

5 comments:

  1. Thank God for the deep love He has for us! Praise His awesome and Holy name!

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  2. I pray that this remain our focus throughout our daily lives. When we lift our eyes up to Him and think of Him in this way, that vision will empower us while we walk in this world. Thanks for the post!

    SHALOM!

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  3. Best example of humility, Jesus, humbled himself.

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  4. Amen, thats one of my favorite verses......such depth....humility in perfection.

    Sid

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  5. I love this blog, because it points me to the ONE PERSON who is worthy of living for.

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