“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Hebrews 2:9, KJV)
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:6–11, KJV)
Propitiation. Satisfaction of a debt. There’s one of those little catchphrases Christians use, which often are doctrinally very rich! “He paid a debt He did not owe; We owed a debt we could not pay.”
Really think on that. God, the Ultimate being in the universe, with extreme power the likes of which we have never seen, made Himself a little lower than Angels. Phillipians 2:6-7 makes it clear this means “made Himself a man.”
Incidentally, Phil. 2:6 is one of those verses that the modern translations attack. It attacks the deity of Jesus Christ, promoting a heresy that Jesus Christ is lower in rank than God (“God the General, Jesus the Lieutenant, and the Holy Spirit the Sargeant…”)
If God is God, then He is God. Jesus Christ voluntarily makes Himself lower, pointing the way to God. The Holy Spirit bears witness of Jesus Christ. And God exalts Jesus Christ.
We’re never going to fully understand that. Even if Jesus Christ were to allocate one million years of explaining it so that intellectually we could grasp it, we still are finite and cannot really comprehend what this really means.
Really, pause and think a moment as we grasp the concept htat Jesus Christ endured the crown of thorns and called that… glory.
And how do you describe that?
For you, Jesus Christ gladly endured the mocking and the shame. To him, it was glory and honour. To save ONE SOUL to the Lord is far more important than six hours of torture and suffering. Six hours to Him seemed worth it. He resolutely turned His face to Jerusalem and marched on, knowing without a doubt what it entailed. He delayed His triumphant entry to stop and eat with a tax collector. “My coronation as King Messiah can wait a little… I need to talk with Zacchaeus.”
Saving one soul to Him is far more important than anything else.
how do we describe that?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16, KJV)