“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:5 – 8)
Did you read that, beloved reader? Fully comprehend what the writer of the letter to the Philippians (the apostle Paul) is saying? I sort of skimmed over it, was stopped abruptly, and went back to read it again.
Jesus, in his human form put his human will, desires, and needs aside so that he might and would do everything as the Divine told him to do. You may know from your own observation of yourself or of others that the human will can be very strong. And very resistant to control by another. Jesus was no different. But . . . . . he gave up that control even to his death. Did it help that he was an aspect of the Lord God? And not just a spark of / in the image of the Divine, but completely Divine? Well, yes.
However, we can tame our human will to be set aside so that the Lord God can direct us. We can, but often do not. What, beloved reader, might we miss out on by not doing so? What might we accomplish if we placed ourselves under the Divine?
“Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Verses 9 – 11)
Some time back, where the scripture passage under consideration had Jesus speaking about his soul being troubled [“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say–‘ Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” (John 12:27 – 28) ] I had us take special note that Jesus said it was for his listeners’ benefit and not for his own. Paul tells us why Jesus did not need the Divine telling him what he should do – although Jesus did what the Divine wished. In this way Jesus brought glory to the Name of the Lord God and the Divine. You may be thinking, “Well, that was Jesus. Both human and divine, so he could do those things.” But listen to how Paul opened this passage; “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, . . . “
May you, beloved reader, think & ponder on these things as you move through the rest of the Lenten season. Shalom & Selah!