Such is similar to those who grumble at Jesus’ exclusive claims. “Are you saying that I am spiritually starving apart from faith in Jesus? Are you saying that I am too weak to make my way to heaven? Are you saying that my only hope of survival is receive what has come down, rather than forge my own path up?”
Yes, that is exactly what Jesus claims. Many efforts are made to ascend the mount of spirituality; none reach the summit. But, one has come down from heaven with the gift of true spiritual life.
• He who was high has been made low.
• He who was holy has been made sin.
• He who was glorified has been despised.
• He did not consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.