Jesus makes Himself nothing on Good Friday to show love to mankind. Sadly, in our culture of self-promotion the thought of making oneself nothing is a foreign concept. Yet, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Creator of heaven and earth, put others before himself. Though He had equality with God the Father, He did not hold fast to His rights, demand His place, or claim His position as God. Instead, He made himself nothing.
So, how did He make himself nothing? By assuming the place of a servant. How did He humble himself? By becoming obedient. Obedient to the point of death. Even the horrific death of the cross. He who was the highest took the lowest place. For us.
Philippians 2,: 6 – 8 puts it this way
Who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God but made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men and being found in the fashion as a man he humbled himself and became obedient unto death even the death of the cross
What was the outcome of such incredible humility? God lifted Him up to the place of supreme exaltation and gave Him the highest place. His name is above every name.
What would it look like for us to follow in Jesus’ example of humility? If we were to humble ourselves as He did, it would mean deliberately, intentionally, and worshipfully making ourselves nothing. We will not draw attention to ourselves. Instead, we will turn our eyes to Christ and make Him everything. Similarly, we focus all of our attention upon Christ and assume a posture of worship within our hearts. More so, we will bow before Him in all things at all times. For he is indeed our Lord and King.
In addition it means that we will deliberately and intentionally seek how we may serve others. This we can achieve by putting them before ourselves and serving them in love. Ultimately, we serve Christ as we serve others.
In conclusion, the one way we can choose to follow Christ by grace, through faith is to take up our cross, die to self, make ourselves nothing and turn around to see how we can serve others. We can choose to put others before ourselves. We can follow Jesus’ and His example and practice humility. As we do this moment by moment, we are minimized and Christ is magnified.
Lord, have mercy on us. As we meditate on Jesus humility sacrifice and death on Good Friday, help us take the lowest place and give you the highest place in our hearts, in our minds, and in our lives. May we worship you as Lord and KING! In Jesus name, Amen!