Philippians 2:5-8 "Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross."
Sometimes, what the Word of God says, and what the World says are exact opposites. When each tell you to do something different, which one do you listen to? And that brings us to the problem, there are a lot of people who listen to both, and so theyíve done the right thing. So letís take this apart, and look more closely. When the Bible says hear, or listen to, even though it doesnít always say it, it is implied, that when God says something you do it, and there is no question about doing it, ..... Why? Because God is Lord of Lords and King of Kings, and to not do what the Lord commands [any Lord], is to be subject to punishment or death.
Let me put that another way, if you listen to God and the world, in effect you have two masters, and the Bible makes it clear that you canít do that. Let me put it another way, if you listen to God and the world, the one you do, or follow is the one you have chosen as your master, and lord. Its that simple. In the Bible, when God says, Listen, what it is also saying at the same time is, Obey.
God and the world have different ideas of how things should be. The world says, God helps those who help themselves. The world says, if you donít look out for yourself, who will? The world says, if you donít toot your own horn, no one else will. While the Word of God says, be like Christ, empty yourself, humble yourself. Thatís usually as far as we get, because while we may follow God and not lie, or steal, or murder.... to empty yourself seems like to large a price.
Why should we empty ourselves? Think about the mail, what would happen if year after year you kept all the junkmail that ever came, how long would it take before you filled up the house? Imagine if you kept everything, .... Soon, there would come a time when there as no more room, not even for good things.
Why do we empty ourselves? We empty ourselves, so that God can fill us with good things. Godís grace is so big, that most people just donít have room in their lives to receive a fraction of what God offers to each person on a daily basis. So you can fill up your life with junk mail, or let God fill up your life with good things that are useful now, and that will last forever.
And so it was that Jesus set off towards Jerusalem, along the way he told the disciples that it would not be long until he was handed over to die, but still he went to Jerusalem. The end was near, but Jesus didnít toot his own horn, Jesus didnít glorify himself. But something did happen, the word of God had worked on the hearts of people, they knew who Jesus was, they knew he was the promised Messiah. The knew he was their savior, even if they didnít know the price he would pay to purchase for them their salvation, and ours. And so the people turned out to greet Jesus, and to praise God that the promised Messiah was now hear. And so it was that Jesus entered Jerusalem in a triumphal procession, and this is what we remember about Palm Sunday. There was not red carpet to roll out, but they prepared the way before him, covering the dusty road with palm branches and their clothes so that me might pass. Jesus emptied himself, Jesus humbled himself, not arriving on a mighty war horse, but humble, on a donkey. Jesus humbled himself, and God lifted him up. Jesus humbled himself unto death, and God lifted up the cross that it might be a sign of hope and promise. Jesus humbled himself, and God provided.
And thatís where it comes back to us. Will we empty the junk out of our life, so that God can fill us with good things? Will we come down off our hi-horse so that God can lift us up in a way that lasts forever? If it looks like you are in a rut, if it seems like youíre going and going and getting no where, couldnít be that the horse you have chosen is a rocking horse, a rocking horse is pretty good about going and going and getting no where, a rocking horse is pretty good at crating a rut, and digging itself ever deeper. It doesnít need to remain this way, change is possible, not because we can do it for ourselves, but God comes to us and calls us, enlightens us, creates faith in our hearts, makes us a new creation, forgives our sins, sanctifies us, and keeps us in this faith, for Jesus sake, unto life everlasting.