“Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross” Philippians 2:7-8, NLT).
When a we humble ourselves before someone or something such as a court of law, we become courteous and respectful, less proud and arrogant and don’t assert our own importance. We’ve seen this happen when celebrities go before a judge – suddenly they are just like the rest of us!
When God humbled himself to become human, he gave up his status and rank so to speak, as the Creator and sustainer of the universe. He became vulnerable, weak (needing food, water and sleep) and submitted himself to all it means to be flesh and blood. God is big in so many ways, but for love he was willing to become as small as a cell in Mary’s body and to become the lowest of criminals, dying on a cross.