In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
The events of this week are summed up in the description of Jesus in today’s Epistle: “Jesus, who, being in the form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, … made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” But what does that odd phrase “did not consider it robbery” mean? The Greek word itself is difficult to break down, and is only used once in the New Testament. The best understanding of this phrase is really, “Against all expectation, Jesus did not regard equality with God as a gain to be utilized” (TDNT). In His earthly life, Jesus never boasted that He is God. Though He could have done any number of miracles, could have fed Himself in the wilderness, could have taken Himself off the cross, could have changed His own Law to say that innocent Blood wasn’t required to forgive sin, He didn’t. He endured it all. He never abused His divinity, wiggled his nose, and made everything right. Just the opposite. He endured every hardship imaginable to earn your salvation, to say that He has been where you are—in hunger, depression, poverty, temptation, abandonment, and every other negative thing. He didn’t avoid the tragedy of human life in a sinful, dying world like a monarch avoiding the slums in a tour of his cities. He lived it all, He was at all times God in the flesh, possessed the same almighty power as God the Father, but refrained from always and fully using it.
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).