1.11.2012

Philippians 2: 5-11

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Christ Hymn
Reading: Philippians 2: 5-11

This is a well-known ancient hymn.
It is called as “Christ Hymn” or “Song of Christ.”
In first or second century, people were singing these songs.
It explains how humbly Jesus lives his life.
It is about sharing the mind with Jesus.

Then it asks:
“Have the same mind that was in Christ Jesus.
Though he was God, he didn’t use the power or his being of God selfishly for his own ends.
But he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form, he humbled himself.
It wasn’t just pretending to be humble but an obedient submission to the point of death—even death on a cross, because of who he was.
He didn’t think “what good was it to be humble?”

So, in God’s way, God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, for the glory of God the Father.”

Jesus was the very God who created everything.
But Jesus voluntarily humbled himself to lift people up.
He became a human.
As if it was not enough, Jesus became a servant.
As if it was not enough, Jesus was crucified by the mere humans.
How can this be?

Watching all these, God is amazed and so moved by his humility, obedience, and love.
He didn’t lose his love at that.
No one can move God’s heart like him.
So, God honors Jesus to the highest place so that all people can see.

God is like:
“You are the most beautiful. You are the best! The most people try to move up. You try to move down. That is right. If they try to go up, they get down. If they try to go down, they get up.
When people humble themselves they are honored.
In humility, people experience me.

There is no one like you.
You can be the truly, beautiful king.
You are a patient king.
You have shown to your people what is inside of you.
In this way, you have shown how humble God is and what is in the heart of God. Wow!”

In Jesus, all powerful God is defined by humble service.
Jesus is the King who comes to serve.
Throwing away his pride, he lives out God’s mind/wisdom.

In a sense, Jesus throws away his ego.
He throws away pride.
He didn’t come to show and say, “See, I am God. So, I can do this or do that.” Then God would hide his face in shame.

He throws away everything that does not show the nature of God.
He embraces the mind of God.
In humility and patience, God’s wisdom is experienced.

Singing these songs, the early students of Jesus also want to throw away their pride and choose humility like Jesus.
They decided to look at the humble Jesus, because then they could form a community.
They decide to look at the humble Jesus.
They are saying humility eventually leads to true happiness.
Without humility, it is difficult to live out one’s calling.
Why?
Because God will be very uncomfortable working together with him or her.

Having this mind of Jesus, we can be the person whom they truly want to be.

Through his life, Jesus is saying:
“Do you want to know your true potential in God?
Then throw away your pride.
Choose humility and patience every day.
You patiently live out your call, no matter how humble you may feel at the moment.
That is what God thinks it is beautiful.
God likes to work with people like them.
Then God can make something beautiful through them.
Often Jesus says:
You don’t have to try to look good, because then you may ignore your inner reality/mind/appearance.
God is not blessing you because you made things look fancy.
God is blessing you because you have the inner quality.
It is possible when we think long term.
Think eternity.
Have an eternal perspective."

Jesus lives thinking in terms of eternity, not 33 years..
Jesus humbly takes his cross all the way to the Calvary thinking of eternity.
So, for eternity, Jesus Christ is glorified.

As we pray, may we offer humble prayer, in humble faith, and humble vision.



Note:
Read: Phil 2:5-7

Because the Son of God, who was equal with God but emptied himself to be born in the likeness of a human and died, his death became a cosmic event.

Note:
Jesus = humility = God
Jesus = Patience = God

Jesus didn’t say, “I am the one who was crucified, not you.”

God does not say to Jesus, “I am the one who helped you.”
Jesus does not say to God, “I am the one who love people like that.”
Jesus does not say to Holy Spirit: “You are so introvert.”
Holy Spirit does not say to Jesus: “don’t be so proud. When you are baby Jesus, you were so funny. I was working hard to protect you.”
Jesus does not say to Holy Spirit, “You haven’t been born as a human.”
Holy Spirit does not say to Jesus: “I didn’t want to.”

If this kind of conversation happened, and trinity was disunited, it is more hurtful than explosion of an atom.