Paul continues teaching us what it looks like to live a humble life by emphasizing Jesus Christ's willingness to suffer the most horrific death in order to be the sacrifice for our sins.
Because Paul knows that believers who live selfless lives will bring unity to the Church Body.
Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
In Philippians chapter 2, Paul exhorts the believers in Philippi to put aside their fleshly selfish desires, and instead have the same humble attitude that Jesus had. That is to say that Jesus is God, but he did not cling to his divine rights. Instead, he humbled himself and took on the form of man, a slave nonetheless. And at that point, Jesus became fully God AND fully man.
Paul continues in Philippians 2:8 by writing, “And [Jesus] being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross.”
So, Paul says Jesus appeared just like any other man. In Isaiah 53 verse 2, we read that Jesus had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him. In other words, he was just ordinary-looking.
And for the next 33 years, he became a servant who’s obedient to God the Father.
And a servant obeys, even to the point of death on a cross – which is the cruelest, most excruciating, most humiliating death ever devised. It was widely considered in the ancient Roman world as a punishment for slaves and foreigners. The Jews considered death on a cross as a curse from God.
So, your simple Truth for today: Paul stresses Christ’s willingness to live a selfless, obedient life and to suffer the most degrading and painful death as a model that we are to follow. Not necessarily that we are to die on a cross, but that we are to die to ourselves and our desires daily in order to serve God and others.
Join us again tomorrow as we continue examining what some call the most glorious passage about Jesus Christ in the Bible.
Have a blessed day. I can’t wait to see you again tomorrow.