Lent – Day 37: Wednesday, 31 March
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
To Jesus the world was a small place. He did not know everything. It’s likely that a carpenter steeped only in the Scriptures would have little understanding of science, mathematics, and be skilled in practical work as necessary for his role alone. He would not know everything Father God knows, or what he knew before he came to earth. The all-knowing Word took on a new body, which had a new, empty brain.
Jesus knew little more than that there was a world out there, even though he created it. He knew there were people who spoke strange languages, even though he’d created every being.
Jesus only could do what his Father told him to do. He had a divine nature, for he was God in Man, but he did not have heavenly powers, except those given to him by Father God. Yet, his mission completed, he is expecting the day when every knee will bow before him, and every tongue confess him as Lord. It will come.
Now, here’s the thing. If Jesus had a range of special exclusive powers up his sleeve to help him navigate this world, some privileged tools for fighting the enemy, secret skills that only he could wield, then he’s not my Saviour. He came as a man, not a superman. God sent someone who made himself nothing, so that I can identify with the man Jesus.
Now, here’s the next thing. Jesus did some amazing things – what if they were beyond human capabilities? But remember that throwaway verse in John 14 (Day 33) that’s gathering dust in far too many churches?
Jesus came in obedience to Father God and in service to the whole of humanity. What he did was by the power of the Holy Spirit as Father God enabled him. The Holy Spirit has not changed since the beginning, and never will.
How do we achieve the same mindset as Jesus?
What do you think is meant by Jesus making himself nothing?
Can we expect the Holy Spirit to work today as he worked in the early church?
Will there be knees that will not bow?
Lord Jesus, I would seek to have your mindset, to think as you think, to be moved by the things that move you to compassion, sorrow, anger and joy. Would you make me more like you as I allow you into my life, and let it overflow into all my relationships with others? Amen.