“But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being. And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross.” (Phi 2:7-8).
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13).
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8).
In the name of love Jesus stripped himself of his glory and took on this abased form. As if that was not enough, he went ahead to give his life for us even though we have done nothing but rebelled against him. He loved us so much that he couldn’t stay in glory and watched us in humiliation and defeat. His love compelled him to give all away just to have us, and now we reciprocate this act of love. Yes, we are called to also lay down our lives to have Him.
After experiencing this great act of love, we also, are compelled by love to die in order to have the whole of him. It is the greatest love story, a tale of a King who left the heaven with all its glory to rescue a damsel in distress—a woman he would now make his bride. Now, having been saved by this awesome King, this woman would now give her life to become his eternal bride. It is love for him that compels her to give her life. When we come to realize the measure of love that Christ demonstrated for us on the cross we would be compelled to respond to it by dying in order to live for and by him.
His act of love teachings us how to love him back, in fact it prove a spring of love from deep inside of us. A spring of out boiling love—yes, love so consuming that we cannot contain it, neither can we tame it. It just takes hold of us and brings us to the cross where we lay our lives to be conformed to his death that we might come into the glory he had from the foundation of the world. Yes, his will for us is glory. It is the desire to see us glorified that made him left heaven to rescue us from humiliation and defeat. He doesn’t want to enjoy this glory alone, he want to share his glory with the woman he loves. But in order for us to have this glory we must also come to the cross and embrace the death.
Let that death work deep inside of us, killing all that cannot harbor his glory, that we might become filled with glory.
This is an excerpt from my book, Coming To The End Of Self