I sat enthralled yesterday morning at the ministry of Pastor Bill Leach! He opened my eyes to a well known passage in Philippians 2:5-11 as I had never before seen it.
In verse 7 the Scripture says that Jesus emptied Himself. Pastor Leach pointed out that this was not by laying something aside, but by taking on the human form. The Divine One became a doulos (the Greek word which means a bondslave with no rights of his own).
“Jesus is truly Man, but not merely Man.”
Jesus understood that being God is not getting, but giving. By taking on the human form, Jesus was showing us that He identified with us and therefore knew what to give us.
“For God so loved the world that He GAVE His One and Only Son.”
When we love someone, we enter into their orbit. We are focused on them and their desires. In the Trinity each part of the Godhead is orbiting (or dancing) around each other.
In order for us to love God, God had to enter our orbit. We were self-absorbed: we danced only around ourselves. When Jesus took on human form He could enter our orbit—He could dance around us. It’s only then that we could understand how to join the love dance with Him.
Pastor Leach’s message called to my remembrance something I learned from another great pastor, Dave Williams, from 2 Peter 1—
His divine power has given us everything we needfor life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. (v. 3)
This verse sets the stage for what comes next (verses 5-7). The Apostle Peter then tells us to begin to add to our faith and our love dance with God. Add is a compound word which means a lavish dance with no expenses spared!
Because Jesus chose to step into our humanity, He chose to step into our self-centered dance. And now that we have seen Him—the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14)—it’s time to leave our self-centered dance behind and join with a new Dance Partner who loves us like no one else ever has, or ever will!