5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b] 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus to the top may sound a little cheesy, but it’s the right way to view Jesus. And when we rightly understand who he is, we can have the right view of ourselves.
Jesus “ 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped...” Jesus didn’t need to grasp at equality with God because he already had it. Jesus is divine and he is God. Not only that, but he was also a man. Without losing his divinity, he “ 7...emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” Jesus was also a man- a man who had feelings, emotions, and experienced temptations just like we do.
Jesus left perfection, from an exalted position with God, to live with broken people. He never held that against people and was the perfect example of humility for us because he never acted out of selfishness or conceit. He probably never even bragged about being the most humble person.
But why did he do this? Why did he leave perfection with God to live among messy people with problems? Humble obedience.
From the beginning, God had a way for people to restore their broken relationship with him. God’s plan was carried out when Jesus, as a human, “ 8 ...humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Not an honorable death, not one where Jesus went down as a noble hero. No- a humiliating, excruciating, and lonesome death. But this is how the sacrifice was supposed to be.
Disobedience toward God- not listening to his commands- is sin and it is the reason for our broken relationship with the creator, God. Sin without forgiveness eternally separates us from God, even after death. Sin is directly linked to our pride and our thinking that we know better than God. Sin looks like living for ourselves instead of by the lifestyle God designed for humans. It says we have everything together and don’t have any REAL problems, and if we do, we certainly don’t need anyone’s help. Sin, and disobedience toward God, makes us think that we are the sole leaders of our lives. But are we really?
Our pride opposes humility.
Pride is the issue because it leads us to disobey our creator. We have listened to ourselves and not to him. We haven’t been obedient, or humble, like Jesus was. And that has separated us from a good relationship with God.
We must be humble to understand this and admit that Jesus is the Lord, the leader, of our lives– not us. Being humble means having a right perspective of our human state. We’re broken, messed up, imperfect, and disobedient. It also means we acknowledge that we need help and there’s nothing we can do to fix ourselves. That’s where Jesus, the ultimate example of humility, comes in. We simply believe who he said he was (God’s son), and believe that he died sacrificially and came back to life to show that he paid sin’s penalty FOR us and gave us a way back to a restored relationship with God. That’s the solution to our problem.
Think about what pride does. It counts ourselves as more important than others and seeks to gain from them by taking so we can get ahead. Our pride seeks to put us on top at others’ expense. So think- whose example do you follow? Do you let pride lead and look out only for number one? Or do you let Jesus lead- and count others more important? We say “Jesus to the Top” because he humbled himself and now “ 9 God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”