Read Philippians 2:5-11
This text from Philippians is what is called the “Kenosis Hymn” after the Greek word kenow (keno’o, pronounced ken-ah-oh) which means to make empty. Jesus Christ
emptied himself of his power and divinity taking on our human form — the form of a slave — in all of our weakness and vulnerability. His humbleness and humility was exemplified by his obedience to God unto death. And not just any death, but a murderous, traitorous, violent death on the Roman torture instrument of the cross. The paradox of all of this is that, through his death, he is highly exalted and his name is above all names.
Why is it so hard to understand that the suffering and shame that Christ endured has resulted in our freedom and eternal life? Do we deserve such divine favor? Why or why not?
The freedom Christ won through his suffering and death brought many followers of Christ together to also become communities that not only witness to the cross of Christ, but also live a life of suffering and sacrificial mercy for others.