“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 made himself nothing, 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 (ESV)
When we think of God, we may be quick to think of his power, his majesty, his soveriegnty, or his purity. Perhaps we’re not so quick to think of the humility of God. And yet Scripture tells us that God “humbled himself,” and the Christmas season is a wonderful time to reflect on this truth.
The Word who was made flesh and dwelt among us possessed all the glory of deity before stepping into this world. So blinding is his glory that no one can see his face and live. Remember Isaiah’s vision? Isaiah “saw the Lord,” and yet all he can do is describe what is around God (throne, robe, smoke, etc). Even the seraphim whom stand before him must cover their faces in his presence (Isa 6). We are told in John 12:41 that Isaiah saw and spoke of Christ.
This majestic king could have entered the world in any way he liked. Yet when he came, there was no castle, there was no throne, no pomp and circumstance or grand celebration. There was just a baby being born to a struggling family away from home, probably in a cave, because from day one there was no room for him in this world.
All of this was to show that, from the moment of his birth, the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many (Matt 20:28).
To think that the one who dwells in unapproachable light (1 Tim 6:16) has come near to us in his Son. The one who is so glorious that his face cannot be seen has now revealed his glory in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 4:6). That is a truth that should greatly humble us.