The passage takes us on a breath-taking journey from the highest of heights in the eternal counsels of God to the lowest of lows and the agony of the cross and back up again to the most supreme place in the universe.
In Sunday's sermon, I focused on 2 aspects of the glory of Christ in this passage:
1. The Self-Humiliation of Christ (v. 6-8).
2. The Super-Exaltation of Christ (v. 9-11).
In verses 6-8, we see 4 downward steps in Christ's self-humbling:
- The top step is that Jesus is God.
- The first step down is that Jesus became a man.
- The second step down is that Jesus became a servant.
- The third step down is that Jesus was obedient to the point of death.
- The final step down is that Jesus died on a cross.
- Jesus is at the highest place in the universe.
- Jesus' exaltation includes His resurrection, ascension, and enthronement.
- Jesus is Lord of the universe and has comprehensive authority.
- Jesus is the universal object of worship to the glory of God.