In Philippians 2:7 it says that when Jesus came to earth he "emptied himself by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”
This sounds a little like he had to renounce some of his divine qualities. But what Paul had in mind is not the laying aside of divine powers and attributes but of his divine glory and dignity.
In John 17, Jesus is getting closer to his own death and returning to heaven and is praying to the Father. In verse 5 he says, “And now Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.”
After all his time on earth, Jesus was ready to go back to the status he had in eternity past before he humbled himself to come to earth as a human.
May we have a better understanding of the fact that Jesus “made himself nothing” for us.
So my prayer this morning was something like this:
“Jesus, continually remind me of what you gave up to come to earth and save me. Especially remind me when I demand my own way or am not willing to give up wants, desires, or ambitions that do not come from you."
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