Summary: A message about the humility of Christ and how we can learn from Him
Title: Passion of Christ – Humility
Theme: To show the humility of Christ in dying on the cross.
Text: Philippians 2:5 - 8
Introduction of Series
Remember, while Jesus was hanging on the cross, it wasn’t the nails that kept Him there. (I heard one person say that if the soldiers stopped nailing Jesus to the cross, that Jesus Himself would take the hammer and finish the job) It wasn’t the threat of the Roman legions or the hatred of the Jewish elite. Rather, it was His passion for humanity that led Him to take the punishment of our own sins upon Himself. Jesus gave up His life so that we might have eternal life.
As we learned last week, He was fueled by unconditional and sacrificial love. And God the Father, so loved the world, that He gave His one and only son. God gave us the greatest gift, Jesus, through whom we might all experience everlasting life and forgiveness.
And as you may have heard, “It is more blessed to give than to receive…” Acts 28:35
Now lets look at another part of the Passion of Christ.
(Php 2:5) Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
For the first four verses of the chapter Paul is talking to the Christian church about humility.
Humility – defined.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself — it’s thinking of yourself less.
But what does that saying really mean? In actuality, “thinking of yourself less” may prove to be the same thing as “thinking less of yourself” (or thinking badly of yourself).
Nobody is helped when you think poorly of yourself! If you judge yourself as “too needy,” “too emotional,” or “too bad to be loved” then you’ll just push your feelings down into your unconscious mind, burying them somewhere in your body. This drains your energy and confidence and makes it really hard for you to be compassionate and kind to other people and to worship God.
A person drowning in self-condemnation and shame cannot help someone else who is hurting, nor can they very well give praise to God. First they need a life saver or raft to hold onto so they can breathe!
The word mind here is – “thought and lifestyle”
But the other encouragement, from Romans 12:2 gives us some extremely practical mindset advice:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Want to know what God’s will is for your life, stop conforming and start transforming.
Do not conform to the patterns of the world, they’re not going to give you the mindset of Christ. Instead, be transformed by the renewing of your mind, through the power of the Spirit through the reading of the scriptures and prayer. Then, you will better know the will of God. And the will of God was at the forefront of the mind of Christ.
(Php 2:6) who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
Jesus was and is God
The Claims Jesus claimed to be God. It might be hard to understand how this could be true, but it’s important to remember that God is much bigger and more powerful than we can comprehend.
1) We do know that Jesus said He existed before Abraham (John 8:58).
2) He claimed that He and His Father are one (John 10:30),
3) and that He is equal with the Father (John 5:17-18).
4) Not only did He claim to be God, but He also claimed to have the power of God. He said He has the authority to judge the nations (Matthew 25:31-46).
5) He claims the authority to raise people from the dead (John 5:25-29)
7) Further, Jesus says He has the power to answer prayers (John 14:13-14),
8) and that He will be with His followers always (Matthew 28:20).
10) Worship - In Luke 4:8, Jesus says, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.'” He said and showed many times that He is the Lord. Jesus says, for example, that He is “the first and the last” (Revelation 1:17, 22:13), which God the Father says in Isaiah 44:6
Jesus was constantly worshiped.
(Php 2:9) Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, (Rev 19:6 called King of Kings and Lord of Lords) 10) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, (what a powerful name it is, the name of Jesus, why? Demons flee Luke 10:17, salvation Acts 4:12, John 14:6, Romans 10:13; ) 11) and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.