I am persuaded that love and humility are the highest attainments in the school of Christ and the brightest evidences that He is indeed our Master. John Newton
(For December I will reflect on hints of Christmas in the Old Testament.)
Besides the Old Testament prophecies and the Gospel writer’s accounts, Paul provides a New Testament reflection on the meaning of Christmas. He says of Jesus, “...who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasp, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8)
Mysteriously and beautifully, Paul tells the Christmas story. Christ did not relinquish His full deity, yet He somehow emptied Himself and became fully human. A humble, obedient servant who laid down His life for us – a horrific death on the cross.
So why does Paul tell us his version of the Christmas story? He left the key in the front door. Paul begins this section with the command, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5).
Christ provided more than an example, but His example is clear and profound. Walking away from Christmas, let’s align our attitudes with those of Jesus and become more humble and obedient. And be willing to follow Christ’s example by serving others.
Author & President
Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc