So, Jesus and Downward Mobility. The great passage here (and stay with me... I'm still building a case and I'll be getting to us soon) is Philippians 2. You see, Jesus has it all. Satan couldn't offer Jesus anything during the temptations because he already owns it all. He's the ultimate rich man. He's got it all. And yet Philippians 2:5-7 gives us the line that seals the deal:
Christ Jesus... who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking on the very nature of a servant...
Jesus has it all, and yet he gives it up. But he doesn't throw it away, does he? In fact, when you read on you find that God still exalts him to the hightest place. Jesus intentionally lays aside his wealth and position. The question is why? The answer is clear throughout Scripture that because of his great love for us and desire for his children to know and experience his kingdom and the blessings of his Lordship, he gives it all up. He becomes downwardly mobile for the sake of love. He "humbles" himself... in otherwords, he puts others before himself so that some might come to know his love and enter into his kingdom and glory. The motivation behind the downward mobility of Jesus is not simplicity, it's not to have less for having less' sake, and it's not even because all people are to have equal means. Instead, it's about giving up what one may even be entitled to for the sake of helping others to experience the kingdom. Why again? Because experiencing the blessings of the kingdom alone, or without the ones we love is simply unbearable. You see, it still comes back to love, doesn't it?
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