“Christ Jesus…did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing,…being born in the likeness of men.” Phil. 2:5-7
Jesus was, is, and always will be the Son of God. If you turn to the first verses of Genesis, Jesus is there—present in the nothingness, and bringing forth the earth, the stars, and all of creation through the power of His spoken word. Throughout the ages He enjoyed perfect, unbroken fellowship with the Father and the Holy Spirit, dwelling together with them in heavenly splendor. All of creation was His to command.
But the rescue of mankind would require Jesus to surrender His divine rights. God was not sending a savior. No, God was comingas a savior. Jesus would step out of heaven and into His creation. On a wintry day in a small town in Judea, near a field full of weary shepherds and bleating sheep, Jesus would be “born in the likeness of men.”
Instead of celestial light, He would be born under the twinkling of earthly starlight.
Instead of angelic anthems, He would be greeted by the sounds of lowing cattle and chirping cicadas.
Instead of a heavenly dwelling with riches beyond imagining, He would enter the world in a humble stall with a manger for a bed.
Jesus willingly and lovingly came to earth, setting aside His glory with one purpose in mind: to accomplish the great work of salvation!