Advent is a reminder that if the eternal Son of God could willingly set aside his position as “existing in the form of God” and being equal with God for the “form of a bond-servant” so can we set aside our own pride and ego for the sake of others. This is especially true for the life of the church. Let us consider the words of the Apostle Paul (Philippians 2:5-11):

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Advent reminds us that unlike the rest of us whose pinnacle of existence is our humanness, Jesus Christ had to descend to acquire humanness. It was in his descent that we can ascend. It is in the servant Jesus that we find the Lord of the universe.