The Example of Christ
We are going to examine the great example of Jesus Christ and what He did to go the dramatic distance from the Majesty of God to a despicable criminals death on the cross.
Never has anyone gone so far in humility. Never has there been an example like what we find in Jesus Christ.
In verse 5 Paul says, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” In other words we should think those thoughts that Christ thought. We should have the mind of Christ that was expressed in the incarnation. By incarnation we mean when Holy God became man.
That is the attitude we should have, an attitude of humility that makes us willing to give up what we have for the sake of others. We tend to think of our own self-interests. We tend to think of our own rights. We have created a “me generation,” everyone thinking of his or her own needs, and not about those of others.
This is a day when we need to look to the example of Jesus Christ who is the ultimate example of true humility. There was no limit to the amount of humility that He demonstrated. Despite His divine majesty He took off those heavenly robes and came down in the form of humanity.
In verse six we see the emphasis on the great majesty of Christ. It says, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.” He is the very nature of God. Jesus is God almighty. If you are really going to appreciate the true humility of Jesus Christ, the key is to grasp this aspect of Jesus that He was almighty God.
There may have been others to experience humility. There may have been great leaders that were humbled. Recently the leader of a powerful nation was put under house arrest. It must be very humiliating to be a world leader and then to be placed under arrest. But we could never compare this to the humility of Christ. The political leader was a man, but Jesus Christ was God and He was humiliated to the lowest point.
Paul without any apology asserts that Jesus Christ was God. His glory was the very glory of God. Jesus did not consider equality with God something to be grasped. What did Paul mean by this?
In other words, Jesus was God in His nature and did not need to hold on to that. He did not need to defend it. He was God. He did not have to consider this something to be grasped or held on too. Jesus possessed the glory of God. It was not something He had to defend, hold on too or fight for.