He Descended into Hell

February 28, 2021 Pastor: Michael Foster Series: Philippians

Scripture: Philippians 2:5–2:11

"Which bring us to the final rung in the ladder:
(v. 8) 'And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross.'
As one commentator puts it…
He was humble in that he took the form of a man, and not a more glorious creature like an angel.
He was humble in that He was born into an obscure, oppressed place.
He was humble in that He was born into poverty among a despised people.
He was humble in that He was born as a child instead of appearing as a man.
He was humble in submitting to the obedience appropriate to a child in a household.
He was humble in learning and practicing a trade – and a humble trade of a builder.
He was humble in the long wait until He launched out into public ministry.
He was humble in the companions and disciples He chose.
He was humble in the audience He appealed to and the way He taught.
He was humble in the temptations He allowed and endured.
He was humble in the weakness, hunger, thirst, and tiredness He endured.
He was humble in His total obedience to His Heavenly Father.
He was humble in His submission to the Holy Spirit.
He was humble in choosing and submitting to the death of the cross.
He was humble in the agony of His death.
He was humble in the shame, mocking, and public humiliation of His death.
He was humble in enduring the spiritual agony of His sacrifice on the cross.
Sounds hellish, doesn’t it?
Jesus descended from heaven down a ladder of increasing humiliation to willingly pay our debt in the hell of the cross."

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