He unclothed himself of glory and bear the ultimate humiliation.

Pastor Jeff Struecker

It’s the first week of December, and we are now transitioning into the Christmas season. We started a new big theological topic about Jesus accomplishing our salvation last week. And we just started scratching the surface about how a God who dwells in heaven could rescue sinful people here on earth and how this is even possible. And the first detail you’ll see in this theological topic of Jesus accomplishing our salvation is Jesus’s humiliation.

The Bible will describe what Jesus did so he can rescue us from our sins. And humiliation is a good word to describe what we’re talking about here. You see, Jesus is willing to go to the extreme, leaving heaven and all of the glory he gets while dwelling with his Father in heaven. He gives all of that up and comes to earth. The word Immanuel means God dwelling with us or God made in the flesh. 

Each week, we challenge you to memorize some scripture as a church. And today, the Scriptures will describe what Jesus did to become a man. One of the most important passages, in my opinion, in the whole Bible about Jesus leaving heaven to come to earth is found in Philippians chapter two. So here is Philippians 2: 7.

Memory Verse

Jesus emptied himself of all the praise, glory, and respect he deserved and was getting in heaven. He became like a man or a woman. He left heaven and stepped on earth. And if you go back to the Christmas story, he did it in some of the most humble and unimportant circumstances imaginable. This is why theologians refer to Jesus’s humiliation because he was willing to become a servant. Jesus tells his disciples, “I didn’t come to be served. I came to serve, and here’s the kind of service that I came to do. I came to serve up to the point of giving my life as a ransom for anyone who would come to me in faith.” That’s what we mean by Jesus accomplishing our salvation.

No human mind can understand what Jesus gave up to become a man. No human mind can understand that because none of us have been able to see Jesus in all of his glory and all of the angels and the elders of heaven that are worshiping him. None of us have seen that here while we’re on earth. His children will get a glimpse of that when we’re in heaven with him. But none of us can understand just how humiliating it was for Jesus to leave heaven and become a man. Just to be mocked, criticized, misunderstood, and ultimately, be nailed to a cross and to die an excruciating, brutal death to rescue us from our sins. And if there was another way for a man or a woman to be made right with God, then there was no need for Jesus to go through this humiliation. 

In fact, he even says it while he’s praying in the garden, “God, if there’s any other way, let this cup pass from me. But because, there’s no other way, Jesus says, “Not my will, Father, but thy will be done.

So now I’m going to ask you a question, I want you to pause and think about it, and then I want you to answer it and put your answer into practice this week. So here’s the question. 

A Challenge

I put that word ” humiliated ” there because Jesus was humiliated for you. But the truth is, as I watch some “Christians ” live their life. It doesn’t look like they’re willing to suffer. It doesn’t look like they’re ready to sacrifice, and it doesn’t look like they’re willing to humiliate themselves in other people’s eyes because of following Jesus. And it strikes me as very wrong that the one you say you serve was willing to go through that unimaginable, mind-blowing humiliation. So isn’t it only evident that you and I should be ready to be humiliated for following him?

And if you haven’t been humiliated, either it’s because you’ve never been around people that have criticized you for your faith, or maybe you haven’t been humiliated because you haven’t been willing to stand up and speak out about your faith? So would you be honest and answer this question in your heart and to a Holy God?