Summary: Christ was always thinking of the benefit of others. When we posse the mind of Christ we will put others ahead of ourselves.I want you to serve the Kingdom by serving your kinsmen.
The Great Example
Philippians 2.6-8 Pt. 1
Maundy Service 2012
A On the southern border of the kingdom of Cyrus, there was a chieftain named CAGULAR.
1 Anytime an attachment of Cyrus’ army came to subdue Cagular, he would quickly defeat that attachment.
a After many defeats, Cyrus gathers his whole army & goes to Cagular’s providence and defeats him.
aa He & his family are captured & brought before the King for execution.
bb Cagular was about 6'3", dark complected, handsome, striking in appearance, incredible specimen of a man. It struck Cyrus.
cc What would you do if I spared your life, Cagular? I’d go back home & live the rest of my life in obedience to your throne, your highness.
dd What would you do if I spared the life of your wife? I’d give my life for you, my highness.
ee The king was so moved by Cagular’s selflessness, he allowed him to return home, serve as his governer over the people there.
b On the way home Cagular was talking to his wife about the opulence of the palace, marble floor, tapestry, throne.
aa I didn’t see any of that. “What did you see?”
bb I beheld the face of the man who said he’d die for me.
2 Tonight, at communion, we have the opportunity to look into the face of the one who was willing to die for us.
a Philippians 2.5-8
b ETS: Christ was always thinking of the benefit of others.
aa ESS: When we posse the mind of Christ we will put others ahead of ourselves.
bb I want you to serve the Kingdom by serving your kinsmen. (Obj.)
c What is stopping you from emptying yourself of self tonight? (PQ)
d Let’s look at the first of two steps tonight that enable us to serve the Kingdom by serving our kinsmen.
I The first step: Emptying Self (Phil. 2.6-7)
A Jesus was worthy of being glorified because He was (and is) God. (John 1.1-4; Col. 1.15; Heb. 1.1-3)
1 He was in the “form of God”, which does not mean shape. (ie; Concrete form or in the form of a pillar of fire)
a “Form” is being identified with something natural & appropriate expression.
b IL. A basketball player shots a three-pointer and you think, “That player has such winning form.”
aa The form is a reflection of his playing ability that comes from within side him.
bb Jesus was/is an outward expression of the very heart of God when He became flesh.
c Jesus “did not regard” this fact as something that had to be protected at all cost.
2 Jesus waived His rights to the expression of being God in order that humankind may be saved.
a KJV, “made himself of no reputation”; NASV “emptied Himself”, He emptied Himself of self.
aa “taking” or “took” is in the aorist participle which means Jesus took the servants heart/attitude before He emptied Himself.
bb Before Jesus was born of a virgin He already surrendered to the fact that His role was about to change.
cc Vs. 6 is pre-incarnate deity, vs. 7 is incarnation of a servant.
b When Jesus set aside His pre-incarnation expression of Deity to take the expression of a bond-slave He was sitting aside His natural desire of Deity to be worshiped/glorified/received/adored. . . didn’t happen until He became a servant!