1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (Philippians 2:1-7, NIV)
“While they were in Bethlehem, the City of David, the time came for Mary to give birth. She gave birth to a son; wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger as there was no room for them in the hostel.” (Luke 2:6-7)
“And they nailed Jesus to the cross. They divided up his clothes and threw dice to see who would get them.” (Mark 15:24)
“Jesus literally sliced through years of rabbinical law and cultural norms with the extreme love of God that sees the treasure in every human heart.” (Danny Silk, Culture Of Honor)
There is an extremely powerful meaning in front of the reality that Jesus was born into this world seemingly impoverished. He was born in a dirty stable in a feeding trough as there was no room for them in the hostel. Mary and Joseph did not partake of the inside accommodations of the hostel; there was no room. Instead they were regulated to the barn. Jesus, the Son of Man, the Messiah, Emmanuel, God With Us, was born in a barn with stinky animals. Perfect love was born.
Jesus lived His life faithfully trying to serve His Father’s will and desire. He obeyed His Father even unto death; death on a cross. Jesus did not seek fame, power or position as the world understands it. In the end, Jesus gave up everything. He gave the greatest gift anyone can give another, His life. It was one of the most brutal death methods in His day; to have His hands and feet pounded through blow by blow as the iron cast hammer forced the large metal nails inward. Jesus, The Lamb of God, The Only Necessary Sacrifice, Our Savior, Our Lord, Our God, was cruelly, physically murdered amidst ridicule, hate and revile. Yet, Jesus lives on forever through His perfect love.
If the Son of God was able to humble Himself to be born an impoverished human, like us, one of us and then be sent to a horrific slaughter like a criminal guilty only of proclaiming His Father’s Name and loving others unconditionally, our response should be to humbly honor others above ourselves through the perfect love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our value is never in question. We are creations of the Most High God. The challenge before us is, while recognizing our own value in Christ, see everyone through the perfect, loving eyes of Jesus. See others always more valuable than ourselves. That is honor at its highest level. That is the perfect love of Jesus.