(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.35)
He emptied Himself—that’s how Paul describes Jesus’ preparation for ministry. As He came to
earth, He emptied himself of the power, privilege, and glory that were uniquely His. He began
His ministry here by going into the wilderness for 40 days of fasting and temptation. The first act
of His public life was to humble himself and line up with the sinners for baptism.
Jesus emptied Himself. When He spoke or acted, it was only by His Father’s will and through
His Father’s direct provision. He became transparent. When we looked at Him, we saw only the
Father—His authority, His tenderness, His wisdom, the very loveliness of His character.
Jesus laid aside His own will:
“By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek
not to please myself but him who sent me.” (John 5:30, NIV).
In this emptying, Jesus made himself totally dependent. All that He was, all that He did, was by
faith in His Father. He made Himself an open vessel, holy and yielded. Thus His weakness was
His great strength. His helplessness was His constant sufficiency. The Father’s words in 2
Corinthians 12:7 are fully embodied in Christ:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (NIV)
As we begin to grasp this truth, hope and excitement rise in us. If Jesus’ life was total
dependence, if all that He was, He was by faith, then the horizons of our lives and ministries are