Imagine with me for a moment that you have been ill with one of the nasty viruses that have been going around (for some this won’t require much imagination!). As you have been so ill the house is a mess: there are piles of dirty dishes, the bins are full, your clothes are in a heap on the floor and the place is in need of a good clean. There is a lot to be done but you feel too unwell. Now imagine that the doorbell chimes, and there on your doorstep are the Prime Minister and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They explain that they have heard you need some help and have come to see what they can do. The Prime Minister washes your dishes. The Duke sorts and loads the washing machine. The Duchess hoovers and takes the bins out. After they are done the place is spotless.
Now you might quite reasonably say that the scenario I have just described sounds ridiculous. Why would a leader or a royal come and do something like that for me? It might seem impossible that something like that could happen – but in actual fact something much more amazing has happened. Jesus has done something much greater for people like us!
The Son of God enjoyed the praise and glory of heaven for eternity. Yet he chose to leave heaven and come to earth as a man. Not only did he live as a man, but he allowed himself to be killed in the most barbaric and shameful of ways. He gave up all the glory and praise he deserved, in order to rescue people like you and me. His death opened a way for us to know God and to spend eternity with him. The Son of God gave up all the glory of heaven in order to save all who will trust in him.
“Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped;
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!”
(Philippians 2:6-8 NIV)