“…being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,even death on a cross.” Philippians 3:7-8 esv
Today is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Though it’s not likely that this is the actual day that Jesus was born, it’s still good to take the time and reflect on what it really meant for Jesus to come.
Jesus did not come so that you could have a party
For Jesus to take on human flesh was first of all demeaning. This is God, the creator of all things, coming in the form of a baby who needs to be fed, changed, and coddled. But God did not consider this as too much to ask. He willingly submitted himself to this form to fulfill a purpose.
The reason Christ came was not to be humiliated as a baby, but to be humiliated on the cross. He came to die. He knew this before He ever submitted to being born a baby.
The shame of the cross was not that He was publicly crucified and hung naked in front of the very people whom He came to save, but that for the first time He took upon Himself the sins of the world; your sins and my sins.
I don’t say this to dampen the mood. Quite the opposite. I tell you this so that you can rejoice. Because all that humiliation that Jesus bore in being born and dying for our sins, He did it for us. He did it so that we wouldn’t have to carry the burden of our own sinful nature and we don’t have to worry about the humiliation of having all of our sins brought before our creator. He’s forgiven them and forgotten them.
Hallelujah, Christ has taken our place.