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The Humility of Jesus FOR YOU!

April 15, 2019

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Palm Sunday / Sunday of the Passion            Trinity Lutheran Church

14 April 2019                                                      Murdock, NE


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Philippians 2:5-11

Confirmation of Alex Beno, Landin Beno, Emily Drake, Morgan Gray, Abrahm Jones, Justin Mills, Nolan Stroy


This is one of the most incredible passages in the Bible. Jesus, the divine Second Person of the Holy Trinity humbles Himself. To save you from our idolatrous self-centeredness and arrogance that leads to eternal damnation. “He emptied Himself.” Laid down His royal robes, His royal signet ring. Rolled up His sleeves and came down from His heavenly throne.


Don’t misunderstand. Jesus didn’t cease to be God. He empties Himself of all the glory and majesty that was His as God’s Son. He buried His divinity deeply in our humanity. The Lord of all became the Servant of all. “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.”  


Imagine a king taking off his crown. Stepping off his throne. And then becoming the lowest of servants in his kingdom!


Similarly, picture Warren Buffet giving up his office with a view, his personal secretary, the VIP parking spot, the mega salary with all its perks and benefits. And then putting on a janitor’s jumpsuit to sweep the floors and scrub the toilets!


Visualize Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man in America, stepping down from Amazon to become a ditch digger or a sewer worker.


Envision all three of those scenarios and you still don’t even come close to the self-emptying and humiliation of Jesus, the Son of God, when He stepped down from His heavenly throne and got stapled gruesomely on the cross to SAVE YOU!


Jesus traded His divine throne for the Virgin’s womb, a manger crib, a borrowed jackass, a cross and a tomb! He took on our humanity, our flesh and blood. He became bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh. The Most High Lord of all became the carpenter from Nazareth. The preacher from Galilee. The Man of Sorrows. The Suffering Servant.


“Being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient … even death on a cross.”  


He does this FOR YOU! Jesus took up your death sentence because of your sin and He served it Himself! The Law says: “The wages of sin is death,” and “the soul that sins will die.” Governor Pilate knew Jesus was innocent. He declared Jesus not guilty three times. In fact, Jesus was innocent far beyond the scope of Rome’s justice. He was sinless! Yet Barabbas, the terrorist/murderer goes free and Son of God Jesus gets hung on a cross as THE SINNER between two criminals. “He who knew no sin was made to be sin” (2 Cor. 5)! “Made to be a curse” (Gal. 3:13)!


Brothers and sisters, this is how far God goes to save you. This is how wide His embrace. The Second Person of the Trinity, God the Son, comes down from the bliss of heaven to make His dwelling among you. He rides to His own death on a borrowed donkey. He willingly submits to total injustice, to mockery, to beating. He permits Himself to be crucified, all the while praying even for those that drove the spikes into His bludgeoned body. This is the depth of God’s love. His commitment. His passion. To make you His own. To free you from sin and death.


Isn’t this humbling to be loved by Jesus like this? To be loved to death by Jesus? To be died for by God’s own Son? It sure is! Christ’s death FOR YOU on the cross bows your head. It bends you knee. It is the end of all ego-tripping, boasting, bragging and self-justifying. The hymn of Isaac Watts gets it right: “Forbid it Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ my God.”


The death of Jesus on the Good Friday cross is the great leveler. It levels the great and the small. The rich and the poor. The powerful and the powerless. The wise and the foolish. The famous and the infamous. All are loved by God in this one act of humble obedience unto death – death on the cross.


All are baptized into Jesus’ death in the very same way. The infant, the teenager, the adult or senior citizen. All are given God’s divine and saving Name. With the absolution and the sermon all are forgiven with the same words. All that commune eat and drink the same crucified, risen and ascended Body and Blood with the bread and wine. All that commune are joined together into one Body, members of God’s family, His church. All have the same Jesus put into them and all are put into Him! All confess the same Lord Jesus Christ. All have the same share in His perfect obedience, His humility, His death, His life, His glory!


Jesus, God’s Son, emptied Himself so that you are filled with His glory. He humbled Himself so that you are exalted, lifted up. He become obedient to death on the cross so that you IN HIM overcome death and have life now and forever. He reached down in humility. All the way down to make you His own. To bring you into communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit. And in His humility He brings you into communion with each other.


Have this mind among you that is yours in Christ Jesus.


In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

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