The Servant Savior
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him. (Colossians 1:16)
Jesus is ultimate in authority and ability on earth. He is the Head of all things. Paul explained in detail that He was the Creator of all things visible and invisible, natural, and spiritual.
Philippians 2:5-6 tells us that Jesus understood this: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” Notice what amazing revelation verse 7 gives us: “But made himself of no reputation.” The phrase made himself in the Greek means He voided it. Jesus entirely gave up His status as God. Why would He do such a thing? Paul continues: “But made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant.” The word servant in Greek is doulos and means slave. Let’s read on: “and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death.”
Jesus, the ultimate in authority and ability, the Creator of all things, humbled Himself, not just before the Father, but humbled Himself to be like men. He allowed men to abuse Him, spit on Him, beat Him, call Him names, curse Him, and eventually put Him to death on a cross.
Why would the Creator do such a thing? He did it out of obedience to the Father, and He did it out of love for you. Jesus modeled obedience for us all through His death on the cross. If He could obey by voiding His authority as God, then we can obey the Father as well.
Practical Application – When God asks you to step out of the box and do something uncomfortable, don’t complain. Remind yourself that Jesus was willing to go to the cross for you, so you should be willing to do for Him whatever He asks.
Matthew 7:21; Matthew 26:42