Summary: This sermon would work well before Valentines Day.

A True Love Story

Philippians 2:3-11

3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

[4] Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

[5] Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

[6] who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,

[7] but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

[8] And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

[9] Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

[10] that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,

[11] and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

This past Wednesday was Valentine’s Day.

It’s a day when people think about love.

Today I’m going to preach a sermon on the subject of love.

I’d like to begin by telling you a true story about love.

The affair of King Edward the 8th of England

and Mrs. Wallis Simpson of the United States

has been called an example of selfless romantic love.

What could be more selfless than a king

who gives up his throne for the woman he loves?

King Edward was a womanizer

with a fondness for married women.

Wallis Simpson’s first marriage had ended in divorce.

In 1931, during her second marriage, to Ernest Simpson,

she met Edward, then Prince of Wales.

Five years later,

after Edward became King of the United Kingdom,

Wallis divorced her second husband

so that she could marry Edward.

The King's desire to marry a woman with two living ex-husbands

threatened to cause a constitutional crisis in the United Kingdom.

Faced with the prospect of his entire government

resigning over his scandalous affair,

King Edward decided he would rather retain his mistress

than with his government.

With these words King Edward VIII, on December 10, 1936,

step down from his throne in favor of love.

Wallis and Edward married on June 3, 1937.

Romantics still cling to the image of selfless sacrifice—

a king willing to give up all for the woman he loved.

If a royal love story of selfless sacrifice is what touches your heart,

you need look no further than today’s Bible passage.

Here we read of the King of the Universe

who likewise relinquished His throne for love.

We find One who loved so purely, so deeply,

that He was willing to give up all

to gain eternal relationship with those He loved.

The Christians in Philippi couldn’t get along with one another.

They were arguing with one another

instead of working to proclaim the gospel.

Paul wanted the church to seek humility and be like Jesus.

Jesus was “in very nature God.”

Before His birth in Bethlehem,

Jesus had been in heaven with every advantage of a holy being.

He was boundless, timeless and limitless.

John 1:3 says, “All things were made through Him, and without nothing was made that was made.”

Every rock, plant and planet was created by Jesus.

The greatness of God is most clearly displayed in his Son.

That's why Jesus' question to his disciples is so important:

"Who do you say that I am?"

The question is doubly crucial in our day!

He is Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.

Jesus was not just another prophet,

not just another Rabbi, not just another miracle-worker.

He was the one people had been waiting for:

Yahweh in the flesh; the one to establish God's reign and rule;

the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world.

This Jesus was the Creator came to earth.

He fulfilled the commandments and reversed the curse.

This Jesus is the Christ that God spoke of to the Serpent;

the Christ promised to Abraham;

the Christ guaranteed to Moses before he died;

the Christ promised to David when he was king;

the Christ revealed to Isaiah as a Suffering Servant;

the Christ predicted through the Prophets

and prepared for through John the Baptist.

This Christ is our Lord and God.

He is the Father's Son, Savior of the world,

and substitute for our sins.

He is more loving, more holy,

and more wonder than we ever thought possible.

But Paul’s words here in Philippians

is not that Jesus is the creator.

It is Jesus as the incarnate one.

The One who made everything made Himself nothing.

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