Instead he gave up his divine privileges.
We must learn to have the same attitude as Jesus Christ. He refused to cling to His glorious position, but humbled Himself to become a slave in obedience to God.
He died on the cross, and God lifted Him up to the place of honour so that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Jesus gave up His divine privilege.
He lived in heaven as the divine Son of God, but gave up that exalted position for the sake of redeeming His people.
Jesus came into the earth is a human being. For our sake He gave it all up.
As we draw near to Easter, this is the mystery that must dominate our thinking. Jesus is the Son of God who laid aside His glory to become the Son of Man. He is truly God but also truly human.
He gave up all the glory, power and comfort of heaven to become like us and to rescue us.
He died and, mystery of mysteries, the divine Christ as abandoned by God. He died utterly separated from the Father, just as any human will die separated from the Father unless they know Him.
Jesus volunteered to go through all of this because of His love for us.
At the end of the age every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. Those who are saved will confess it gladly. Those who are not united with Him will confess it reluctantly and with despair.
Thank you Jesus for setting aside your divine glory to rescue me from sin. Amen.