The book of Philippians is one of my most favourite books in the bible and Philippians 2:1-11 is one of my most favourite passages in the bible. There is so much richness in this passage. The theme verse of this passage is verse 5 which says: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” Verses 6 to 11 describe that attitude which is humility. Jesus was humbled in that He took the form of a man, and not a more glorious creature like an angel. He was humble in that He was born into an obscure, oppressed place. He was humble in that He was born into poverty, among a despised people. He was humble in that He was born as a child instead of appearing as a man. He was humble in submitting to the obedience of a child in a household. He was was humble in learning and practicing a trade – and a humble trade as a builder. He was humble in the long wait until He launched out into public ministry (30 years). He was humble in the companions (tax collectors and prostitutes) and disciples (fishermen and rebels) He chose. He was humble in the weakness, hunger, thirst and tiredness He endured. He was humble in His total obedience to His heavenly Father. He was humble in choosing and submitting to the death of the cross. He was humble in the shame, mocking and public humiliation of His death.
Crucifixion was such a shameful death that it was not permitted for Roman citizens (such as the people of Philippi). A victim of crucifixion was considered by the Jews to be cursed of God (Deuteronomy 21:23 and Galatians 3:13). Someone once called the death of the cross “the bottom rung in the ladder from the Throne of God. Jesus came all the way down to the most despised death of all, a condemned criminal of the accursed cross.” Jesus’ death on the cross shows that there is no limit to what God will do to demonstrate His love and saving power to man; this was and forever will be the ultimate demonstration of His love for us. Charles Spurgeon said this of Christ’s death on the cross: “The lower he stoops to save us, the higher we ought to life him in our adoring reverence. Blessed be his name, he stoops, and stoops, and stoops, and, when he reaches our level, and becomes man, he still stoops, and stoops, and stoops lower and deeper yet.” Christ humbled Himself for us!
How can you demonstrate Christ’s attitude of humility today?