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day 18


Philippians 2:6-11 (NLT)
Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

daily devotional

The incarnation of the Son of God is one of the greatest mysteries in history. There is one God who exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are of the same substance, meaning that the Son is coequal, coeternal, and consubstantial with the Father and the Holy Spirit. 

To accomplish our redemption, God the Son emptied Himself of His glory and became human. In the fullness of time, He was born of a woman, under the law, to be our surety and substitute (see Galatians 4:4-5). Being God, He became human; being rich, He became poor; being Lord, He became a servant.

The Son of God entered time and put on human skin. “He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8) Even in the face of the most severe afflictions, He did not waiver from His purpose to save us. Though He was persecuted, spat upon, and crushed by the fury of sinners, He loved them to the end. Though He laid down his life in obedience and gave Himself up to death, He triumphed over death in His glorious resurrection.

Through His extreme humiliation, Jesus was exalted to receive the name above all names, opening the way for us to eternal life with God.

Resource: Hernandes Lopes, Today Devotional ©2023

Jesus, you alone are totally pure and completely worthy. You came to earth and laid aside all that you had with Your Father in Heaven, came to earth as a common man, and accepted what we deserve. You were criticized, mocked, beaten, whipped, cut, and nailed to a cross. You did this willingly and with joy. May my worship be pure before You today. Take my life as a living sacrifice as I live grateful for Your sacrifice on my behalf. There is nothing else I want more than to honor You with a clean and whole heart.

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