Praise God for his Spirit who illumines our minds with the truth of Scripture. What a pleasure it is to meditate on a familiar passage and to have it explode with glory! The truth, the meaning, the glory had been there all along, we were just unable to feel its weight.
And then in a moment, the Spirit of God drops a portion of the weight of his glory on us and we are changed. This happened to me in the night watch (Psalm 119:148) as I meditated on the following text:
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, 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. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
—The Apostle Paul in Philippians 2:5-11
The Lord Jesus Christ went from the highest of heights (John 6:62; 1 Peter 3:22) to the depths of the sea (Jonah 2:3).
From ancient days was robed with heavenly splendor and majesty. Angels were prostrating before him constantly as he shone with brilliant light (Revelation 4:10-11; 7:11)!
And then one day he was no longer the Morning Star in heaven (Revelation 22:16) but was a helpless babe lying in a feeding trough (Luke 2:7).
God had become man!
Who would ever have thought such a thing could happen?
God had foretold the incarnation through the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 7:14) but even among those who were with him on earth, few really understood (Mark 6:48-52; John 12:37-41).
And how many are still stumbled by this God-man being condemned to death on a cross (1 Corinthians 1:18)! How could God allow himself to be spit on and beaten by the very men he created (Matthew 26:67; 27:30)?
Words fail to describe such love, such humility, such grace!
The eternal God set aside his heavenly crown to wear a crown of thorns (Genesis 3:17-18). Although his character was flawless, he bore the curse of sin and died a cursed wretch (Galatians 3:13). He was the spotless Lamb of God (John 1:29), the perfect sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 10:12). Three days later, he rose from the dead victorious (1 Corinthian 15:4). Forty days later, he ascended into heaven and sat down on his throne wear he resumed his place of majesty and splendor (Acts 1:3; Psalm 24).
This gospel is glorious!
Pray that your heart would feel a measure of the glory of the incarnation (God becoming man). To grasp its glory is almost indescribable.