[This is how God showed His love]
To understand why Jesus birth, life and death is important, and how God showed His love among us, we must know the story from beginning to end. However, the simplest answer to why Jesus left His throne in heaven, is that He was sent to testify to the truth.
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” –John 18:37
It was also for told that He would come from the lineage of King David (Isaiah 9:7 ), and the government would be on His shoulders. This means that Jesus Lordship was affirmed by God the Father who chose, and sent Him into the world. (John 3:16, 1 Peter 1:20-21) Even the honorable names which Jesus would be called we’re Prophesied.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” –Isaiah 9:6
If you know the Son, you know the Father
Jesus Christ (the Son) is equal to the Father in divinity, as well as, the Holy Spirit, which is why we’ve been told to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (John 14:28)
However, Jesus said that the Father was greater than Himself. He also spoke that He could only speak what the Father commanded Him to say, and that He didn’t know the day or hour of His own return. (John 12:49 , Mark 13:32 ) Some critics read these words to mean that Jesus was less than God or is a lesser god. However, this doesn’t work; There is only One God, and He doesn’t share divinity, so Scripture clearly indicates that Jesus is equal with the Father in divinity, and glory. (Deuteronomy 4:35; Samuel 7:22; 1 Timothy 2:5 ; Isaiah 42:8; Jeremiah 16:20)
“And now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world began.” –John 17:5
Doubt of Jesus Divinity
How then are we to understand Jesus words in John 14:28? In His human form, Jesus made Himself lower than God. If we read John 14:28 in context, Jesus was speaking to His disciples about going away. (back to heaven) The disciples were distressed by Jesus words, so Jesus tells them that if they loved Him, they would be glad that He was going away.
The Spirit of Truth
In Rockhoppin’ Penguin Parallels I wrote that likely all of the disciples doubted Jesus equality with God. This is because they hadn’t yet recieved the Holy Spirit. The Spirit leads us in all truth, helping us to understand Scripture, to explain Scripture ourselves, and many other things that we could never do without God’s help. As Jesus never spoke on His own, neither do we. The Spirit of God helps us to speak and write (or testify to the truth about Jesus.) This is why the Holy Spirit is also refered to as the Spirit of truth.
Jesus assured His disciples that it was a wonderful thing for Him to go away. As John 17:5 shows us, Jesus going back to heaven meant that He would return to the state of glory that He had with the Father before He left heaven. (John 1:1-3 ) The disciples would also receive God’s Spirit (who Jesus referred to as the Helper, Advocate or Councillor), after Jesus death and resurrection. The Holy Spirit is both our teacher and our comforter. He reminds us of the things that Jesus taught. (John 14:26)
Jesus Choice to Be a Servant
As a man, Jesus emptied Himself–meaning, that though He was equal to God the Father, He chose to take the nature of a servant (or bondservant.) A bondservant is a person who voluntarily serves others. Therefore, it was in fact Jesus choice to give up His throne in heaven to make Himself obedient to death–meaning that He made Himself obedient to the Father’s will, even to death on a cross. (Phillipians 2:5-11)
Jesus was sent by the Father, but He also chose this destiny. It may sound as if it’s this is a contradiction, but it really isn’t. Here’s why: Jesus’ choice was obedience to the Father, just as we, as followers of Christ, must make the choice to be obedient to Jesus by following the Spirit. It’s not forced on us. We can actually totally ignore the Spirit, and some of us do. (Thessalonians 5:19-22)
This is why those who call themselves Christians can look very different than Jesus. However, not all who call themselves believers will inherit the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 7:21) Jesus, on the other hand, demonstrated and chose perfect submission and obedience to the Father.
The Same Choice
Why would Jesus choose this? He chose this because He came with a mission: to seek and save the lost. (Luke 19:10) As He walked the Earth He also became our example to follow and emulate. Jesus life of servitude, was a life of love; it’s the same choice that we as followers of Jesus must make. Thankfully, we aren’t dependent on our own stubborn spirit. Instead, we are controlled (or compelled) by the love of Christ if the Spirit of God is truly in us. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15, Romans 8:9)
Let us praise God, for He left heaven to become the light of the world. It’s our mission as believers to spread that truth by being obedient and submissive to Christ Jesus.
“Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” —Philipians 2:9-11
“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. –1 John 4:9-19