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Written by Chris Kibble   
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 14:34

Dear all


Our Sunday passage of scripture, Philippians 2:5-11, is one of the best known descriptions of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul starts by emphasizing that this Jesus was, is and will be the Lord of all the earth. Other places in scripture attest to this too: whilst on earth, Jesus exercised his power over the wind and waves, over sickness and in the raising of Lazarus, over death itself. But it wasn't until the resurrection that Jesus finally confirmed to his followers who he was. Even Jesus' skeptical disciple Thomas eventually came to declare to Jesus 'My Lord and my God' in John 20:28.

 

 

But Paul's main point is that Jesus, though the God of all the earth, didn't leverage his position in a selfish way. The eternal Son did not think of his status as God as something that gave him the opportunity to get and get and get. It was the opportunity to give and give and give. He set aside his rights, divested himself of all the trappings of glory and stepped down from deity to humanity. But what next? Did he take the form of a king, no doubt much to the delight of his followers? No - he took the form of a servant. It was Jesus who served others - fisherman, prostitutes, tax collectors, the sick, the sorrowing - not others who served Jesus. He didn't act like a servant - he was a servant! He also made significant efforts to demonstrate the servant principle to his followers, particularly through his washing of their feet in John 13.


And then in the greatest demonstration of love and humility the world has ever known, he became obedient unto death, even a death on a cross. The Lord Jesus, who was rich, became poor in order that we, through his poverty, might become rich. And after raising him from the dead, God the Father exalted him, giving him the name above every name. He put everything under his feet such that, in due course, every knee will bow before Jesus.


So what about us? Paul wants us to have the same mindset as Jesus 'in our relationships'. He wants us to think of others. He wants us to serve others. He wants the concerns and needs of others to be our prime concern. He wants us to humble ourselves in our dealings with others. As Gordon Fee says, 'we are not called simply to imitate God by what we do, but have the very mindset of Christ'. And then, non- church people will say 'what's going on here? These people want to serve each other! There's something different here'.


So many thanks to the catering and setup team who demonstrated this very principle at our Thanksgiving Luncheon. I enjoyed it immensely. Great food, great company, great hospitality.


Blessings

 

Pastor Chris

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 October 2018 14:41