â€œThou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands.â€ Â Â (Hebrews 2:7)
We cannot comprehend what it meant for the infinite Creator God to become finite man, even coming â€œin the likeness of sinful fleshâ€ (Romans 8:3). Nevertheless, we can, and must, believe it, for â€œevery spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of Godâ€ (1 John 4:3).
The Scriptures have given us a glimpse of the â€œemptyingâ€ that His incarnation requiredâ€”the setting aside of certain outward aspects of His deity. He had been â€œso much better than the angelsâ€ (Hebrews 1:4), but He had to be â€œmade a little lower than the angels for the suffering of deathâ€ (Hebrews 2:9)â€”â€œput to death in the fleshâ€ (1 Peter 3:18).
The eternal Word â€œwas Godâ€ (John 1:1), but it was necessary that â€œthe Word was made fleshâ€ (John 1:14). â€œThe world was made by Himâ€ (John 1:10), but â€œthe princes of this world . . . crucified the Lord of gloryâ€ (1 Corinthians 2:8).
He â€œbeing in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with Godâ€ (Philippians 2:6). That is, He was not fearful of losing His deity and, therefore, did not have to cling to His divine nature and attributes as He became man. Thus, He â€œmade himself of no reputationâ€ (emptying Himself of the outward form of God) â€œand took upon him the form of a servantâ€ (Philippians 2:7).
Yet that was only the beginning. â€œFor he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made theÂ righteousness of GodÂ in himâ€ (2 Corinthians 5:21). He suffered hell for us, that we might enjoy heaven with Him.
Because He was willing to be so humiliated, He will one day be crowned with glory and honor. â€œGod also hath highly exalted Him, . . . that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lordâ€ (Philippians 2:9, 11). HMM