Mark Twain once wrote, “Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” In Philippians chapter 2 verse 5-11 Paul gives us the best example in the threefold view of Christ. But before he does he tells us that we ought to have the same mind as Jesus did when dealing with people who try to steal our joy. Looking at Jesus as an example is like taking a glorious stroll, gazing out at the vistas of the earthly life of Jesus. First Paul takes us to the cliff of “renunciation” as we look at the utter beauty of Jesus as He laid down His right to rights in eternity. Then we walk further and stop at the seemingly bottomless canyon called His “humiliation” where we see the depths that Jesus willing went without a word or action of complaint to reach the lowest person. Finally, we climb to the highest peak called “exaltation” where we can look back over the canyon of “humiliation” and the cliff of “renunciation” and further experience the fullness of Jesus’ “exaltation”. I’m told that in the wild the African impala can leap over ten feet in the air to hurdle brush while running at full speed. Yet if you go to a zoo you will see these amazingly impressive animals behind a fence that is only four feet high. Why don’t they just take a run and jump over the fence as they could do so easily? Well it seems that the impala will never jump if it can’t see where it will land. Paul relates us to, “impala’s” so that we can see that over the fences of “renunciation” and “humiliation” is the wonderful ground of “exaltation” and all we need to do is JUMP!
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!