"(Jesus Christ) who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."
(Philippians 2:6-8, ESV)
That although Jesus, as God the Son, shares fully in the one essence of the Holy Triune God, He, “did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped” (v.6). That is to say, that the eternal Son of God, long before His birth in a Bethlehem stable did not use His status for His own ends, nor did He use His status to take advantage of the masses. Quite to the contrary, He made Himself “nothing” by coming to earth as a tiny baby who would grow to serve those in need of His help. As Jesus Himself once put it:
"…the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
(Mark 10:45, ESV)
The incarnation of Jesus Christ anticipated and celebrated by Christians each Advent season provides us with clear insight not just into the nature of genuine leadership but also into the heart of God Himself. In the incarnation of Christ we are shown that the One true God will go to the ultimate length to save and serve and secure His people.