Read Philippians 2.5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
                 who, though he was in the form of God,
                                did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,
                 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,
                                being born in human likeness.
                And being found in human form,
                                 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death–                                            even death on a cross.
                 Therefore God also highly exalted him
                                 and gave him the name that is above every name,
                                                 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend,
                                                                 in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
                                                 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
                                                                to the glory of God the Father.


From Rev. Donald Snyder, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Beckley

                With the brush strokes of a master artist, Paul paints a picture of Christ for disciples not only to see, but also mimic.  This Jesus, whom we know by faith, was willing to divest Himself of all that He was as God, to become all that we are (less sin)—human.  Moreover, in His humanity Jesus suffered our fate death, but his was the death of rejection:  the cross at Calvary.  The image doesn’t end in ignominy, but exaltation through resurrection and restoration to the divine place of honor. Thus, the God who became human, once again becomes God.  This humble, self-sacrificing service to one another done in love is a must for a Christian disciple who would live, as a Christian disciple should.

O God who comes to us dressed as a slave,
teach us the way of life that is found in giving ourselves to others.