Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
the One, the living word, there at the beginning, the source of life and creation.
Though he was God, he didn’t regard equality with God as something to be exploited.
He didn’t grab at power, or hold onto pride, but instead humbled himself, let go and emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.
Living in a humble community, in a country under oppression, he learnt his father’s trade, sweated and toiled, learnt and grew, laughed and cried, was tested, tried and tempted. And following this he brought life and light to those living in the shadow of death.
And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross. That cruel criminal punishment, a slave’s death, after a life of service, hope, compassion and washing feet.
Therefore God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, the whole of creation acknowledging the glory, the wonder, the unique nature and inexpressible brilliance of the Man of Sorrows, the Son of God, the Alpha and Omega, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.