Have you seen the television show “Undercover Boss”? In each episode, the CEO goes undercover as an entry-level employee of his company. The boss learns what life is like for the men and women whose jobs and lives are very different from his own. Often, the undercover boss is shocked by what he learns. And then he gives a promotion and tear-inducing gifts to one of his employees, and they all live happily ever after. (It’s “reality” television!)
When Jesus took on flesh and dwelt among us, He didn’t leave behind a board room and a chauffeur. He left Heaven. He left perfection. He left blissful fellowship with His Father.
And Jesus was not surprised by what He discovered when He arrived. He knew this world was groaning under the weight of sin, sadness, and death. That was exactly why He came to rescue us. He came to dine with prostitutes and wash the filthy feet of His betrayer. He came to save His children from the bondage of sin.
Philippians 2:5-7: 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 emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
What would motivate someone to leave perfection and humbly put on frailty and pain? Why would anyone trade the glory of Heaven for a life spent serving His enemies and giving His life for them? This is how much Christ loves you—He humbled Himself not only to sympathize with your weakness, but to rescue you. He gave up Heaven so that one day you could join Him there.
No matter what you face this week, your Savior humbled Himself because of His love for you.
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