Emptied, Humbled, Poured Out

from Lynda Lindsey

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8

And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life… Philippians 2:14-16(a)

Would a king be born and laid in a feeding trough, his birth witnessed not by a royal retinue of physicians and midwives but lowly animals? Would a royal newborn’s first guests be shepherds from the nearby fields, arriving so hastily they didn’t stop to clean up first? Hardly! Except if that King is Jesus. Rich, Jesus became poor for our sake; in Him we inherit the riches of salvation. Jesus willingly left heavenly splendors, assumed a human nature, while still retaining His divine nature, and became a servant, to seek and to save the lost.

Would an exalted king walk dusty roads serving his subjects, allowing the ill, the outcasts, the down-and-outers to touch him? Would a powerful sovereign ever be homeless, without a place to lay his head in sleep? Indeed, not! Except if that King is Jesus. The exalted King, Son of God and Son of Man, came not to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for ours. The exalted King humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death, death on a cross. Jesus poured out His blood for us, taking God’s wrath upon Himself, wrath that we deserved, for the forgiveness of sin. 

Would a king pour out kingdom resources on the poor? On ones who cannot repay? Would a king open his arms to receive little children with grubby faces and hands? No! Except if that King is Jesus. In Christ we have everything we need for life and godliness. He gave Himself for us; He withheld nothing. Emptied. Humbled. Poured out. Sinless, He allowed Himself to be scorned and despised; He became sin for us. Our response? Hold fast to Jesus. Embrace servanthood. Live humbly. Obey eagerly. Live blamelessly. Shine Jesus’ light into the world’s darkness. Shine, little light, shine!