“…But made himself of no reputation, and took upon the form of …in the likeness of men…wherefore God also hath highly exalted him….(Phil.2:7-11)”
In Christian theology ‘kenosis’ describes the role Jesus took on in order to do the complete will of God. He took the form of Servant and not as God. He laid aside that aspect in order to do the Will of the Father completely. Thus it is his human side we need focus on in order to appreciate this emptying process. We might say ‘Less is More if I have God in heaven’ is the motto what every Christian ought to aspire for. For those who preach prosperity theology and live as a celeb it is certain they have reaped their reward already. We are Christians because we trusted he lived as Son of man that is a good example to live by. If Jesus chose to give shape the Will of his Father (Phili.2:7) and not his own we can also make a go of it here on earth. We have the model in him and faith that we have him in heaven.
In making himself no reputation he had the Father witnessing him to the world that he was his beloved Son.He was from above that made angels also interested party to watch the outcome. We read of angels ministering unto Jesus after temptation(Mt.4: 11), and it rings true. In growing to maturity in Christian life we need remember that when we are unappreciated by the world we are growing closer to our Saviour who went through this experience himself. Our trials of faith here and now are to show whether our faith be fine gold or fool’s gold.
Christ who once suffered for sins had a purpose: to bring us to God. Jesus says ‘Blessed are ye’, when your reward is denied to you. Mt.5:11. If we are for a kingdom above and glory of commendation from the Father, is it not useless to ask the keeper of worldly fame why no handclap from his claque? The world receives its own. If we cannot be put to any inconvenience on account of being Christians we need check carefully if our faith be really set on the rails of salvation or not. The Bible is a route map that took our Lord to heaven. We cannot reach there by half half from map that leads elsewhere. He was reviled in life and and also on the cross. He suffered it meekly. For he had made himself as nothing in order to retain God’s good testimony. We are on the earth and yet we have been translated for the heavens as he did. So we are biding our time here as pilgrims. Our conduct therefore calls for a life of separation, at least in mind. We are liberty to handle all things but all are neither convenient nor worth bothering about. Only make sure that we are clear in our conscience. In the epistle of St Peter we see how the world treats us has its corresponding response in heaven(1Pe.3:16)
Know what Jesus said to the Pharisees who wanted him to restrain his disciples? He said, “If these(multitude) should hold peace, the stones would immediately cry out (Lk.19:40).
Jesus set aside his own will. We read instances where God the Father sending help wherever was needed to help him keep his resolve (“The Father hath not left me alone (Jn.8:29) )”, Thus wherever we read of voice from heaven testifying ‘This is is my beloved son’ we can understand why. In the gravest crisis Jesus informs what he held at his disposal (Mt.26:53;Jn.19:11) God the Son but he stuck to his human aspect than escape the ignominious death of the cross. In him was fulfillment of the Will of the Father. He humbled himself or emptied himself thereby assuring salvation to whosoever believed in him.
“(Gospel of God) which He had promised before by His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord…(Ro.1:2)”
Gospel of God is of the Father-Son relationship in terms of the Word concept.
Principle of Association throws light into Father- son relationship, which we may illustrate in our head- heart relationship. Our emotions and thoughts have no shape that another can put his finger on. Only when a man acts in a certain way we understand what he is really. Theophany of the Word in flesh was intended to delineate the gospel of God. God is love for an example. We have no better example of love than in Jesus. “But God commendeth his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us(Ro.5:8)
What sort of are you and me? How do we determine it in our interpersonal relationships? A virtuoso pianist reveals his dedication to his art and his accomplishment in his playing. Similarly when a man who was entrusted with the goods of another proves to be a crook we get a glimpse into his real self. “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death (Jas.1:14-15)” A man is known by his deeds as plain as the proof of a pudding is in eating. Consider ourselves thus that we are in various positions of trust as apprentices. If we abuse our position to aggrandize and make ourselves a name to be passed for ‘rich and famous’ at what cost?