Summary: Let us exalt Christ!
We are talking this morning about Exalting Christ. Our theme for the month is Exalting Christ. For Feb Sharing the love of Christ. Mar Christ Crucified. Apr Serving Christ. May The Lordship of Jesus Christ, June Following the Example of Christ, July Christ suffered for you, Aug Give Yourself First To Christ, Sept Supremacy of Jesus, Oct Preaching Christ, Nov Jesus Crowned With Glory & Honor, Dec Praising Jesus Christ. Why? Jesus Christ is the central figure in the history of the human race. Our desire, our goal is to please Him, to exalt Him. Exalt in the Websters has this meaning: To raise in position. Elevate. To glorify; praise. To fill with pride, delight.
Why do we want to focus on exalting Christ? Because God did. Look at what he did in:
Phil 2:5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Phil 2:6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, Phil 2:7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Phil 2:8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross! Phil 2:9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, Phil 2:10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, Phil 2:11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Why did God exalt Jesus? It starts with Jesus attitude.
GOD EXALTED HIM BECAUSE OF HIS ATTITUDE
He was in very nature God, but look at his attitude reflected by his actions. First:
He did not consider equality with God something to be grasped. Jesus was and is God but he did not hold on to his equality with God. He did not try to grasp it. When God said as it says in Hebrews:
Heb 1:5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father " ? Or again, "I will be his Father, and he will be my Son"?
There was no rebuttle from Jesus. There was no why can’t I be the Father. I’m God too, why don’t you go and die for them. It’s inconceivable that Jesus would respond this way.
He made himself nothing. We know that God is omnipotent (Gen 17:1 God appears to Abraham and says “I am God almighty.” Almighty means all powerful, omnipotent, meaning that he has unlimited power. This means that God can do whatever is possible to do. His power is unlimited and uninhibited by anything else.
Tozer says that God possesses what no creature can: an incomprehensible plentitude of power, a potency that is absolute. God has at His command all the power in the universe, the Lord God omnipotent can do anything as easily as anything else. All His acts are done without effort. He expends no energy that must be replenished. His self-sufficiency makes it unnecessary for Him to look outside of Himself for a renewal of strength.
He went from being God, to being born of a virgin, being nursed, crying, dribbling, crawling, walking, going through puberty, being a teen and becoming a man. In comparison to what he was, he became nothing. And he made himself that way.