December 24 — The Attitude That Created Christmas (Philippians 2:5-6 Phillips)

            Philippians 2:5-6: “Let Christ Himself be your example as to what your attitude should be for He, who had always been God by nature, did not cling to His prerogatives as God’s equal.”

My homemade translation from the Greek text for these two verses reads:

            Verse 5: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”

            Verse 6: “Who existing in the form of God, looked not upon this being equal with God a prize to be grasped eagerly.”

2 Corinthians 8:9 (NLT): “You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that by His poverty He could make you rich.”

Weymouth translates this verse: “The very spirit which was in Christ Jesus be in you also.”

Keith L. Brooks states: “Insofar as we yield to Him, the mind of the Master will become the master of our minds.”

May the mind of Christ my Savior live in me from day to day

By His love and power controlling all I do and say.

 

Pamela Reeve has expressed it in a song: “Think through me thoughts of God, My Father quiet me Til in thy holy presence hushed I think thy thoughts with Thee. Think through me thoughts of God And let my own thoughts be. Silenced before eternal truth As it is found in Thee. Think through me thoughts of God, That always, everywhere The stream that through my being flows May bless men, not impair.”

“For He, who had always been God by nature, did not cling to His prerogatives as God’s equal.”

This verse does not mean that when Christ became man, He ceased to be God. The Son of God did not stand on His rights, but laid them aside to meet a need. The words translated “grasped eagerly” has the idea of a treasure to be clutched and retained at all costs.

He laid aside all of these things for us so we saw Him constantly borrowing throughout his life: a place for His birth, a house to sleep in, a boat to preach from, an animal to ride on, a room to eat His last supper in, and finally, a tomb to be buried in.

Please join me in worship and praise as we sing verse 1 of Fanny Crosby’s hymn, “Tell Me the Story of Jesus”: “Tell me the story of Jesus, Write on my heart ev’ry word; Tell me the story most precious, Sweetest that ever was heard. Tell how the angels, In chorus, Sang as they welcomed His birth, ‘Glory to God in the highest! Peace and good tidings to earth.’ Tell me the story of Jesus, Write on my heart every word; Tell me the story most precious, Sweetest that ever was heard.”