“He is the Mighty God.” This tells exactly who Jesus is – He is God incarnate, the omnipotent One. Isaiah is affirming the Messiah’s divine nature! He is God Himself.
How incredible is this, that the mighty God humbled Himself and became a man. He left the glory of His home in heaven and became man, living in a broken, sinful and rebellious world. Charles Wesley put it like this in one of his hymns, “Our God contracted to a span, incomprehensibly made man!” Many years ago one of our friends went to work among the poor, and homeless in the slums of Calcutta in India. She had come from a lovely, comfortable, middle-class English home, and wrote us a letter telling us that she had begun to realize just a little more of what it had meant for Jesus to come from glory and wonder of heaven and live on earth.
Paul quoted in Philippians 2:6-11 what was probably a hymn of the early church. The Life Application Study Bible admirably sums up Christ becoming a man.
“The incarnation was an act of the pre-existent Son of God voluntarily assuming a human body and human nature. Without ceasing to be God, he became a human being, the man called Jesus. He did not give up His deity to become human, but He set aside the right to His glory and power. In submission to the Father’s will, Christ limited his power and knowledge. Jesus of Nazareth was subject to time, place and many other human limitations. What made His humanity unique was His freedom from sin. In His full humanity, Jesus showed us everything about God’s character that can be conveyed in human terms.”
As a songwriter wrote, “This is our God, the Servant King.”
Paul prefaces this hymn of the early church with the statement, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ” [Philippians 2:5]. What do you learn about this attitude from this hymn from which Paul quotes?
How can we practically have this attitude in our daily Christian living?
Jesus voluntarily limited His power and knowledge when He became a man. How then did He minister in the way that He did [see Acts 10:38]? What does that mean for us?