Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. (Psalm 8:5 ESV)
Jesus is the Creator. He is God the Son, integral in the Trinity. How then did God make him a little lower than the heavenly beings? Jesus emptied Himself. “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” (Philippians 2:6-7 ESV). Empty means to lay aside, to render of no effect, or to cause a thing to be viewed as hollow. Jesus, knowing He is God, set aside all of the privileges and the divine position of authority when He was incarnated as a baby. Jesus took upon Himself human flesh. Jesus did not come as a full-grown man but experienced the entire human experience from conception to death.
And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:30-33 ESV)
Mary, a virgin, was told by Gabriel, an angel, that she would have a baby, the Son of God. Both Gabriel and Mary recognized that they were servants of God. Mary did not question God’s decision but readily accepted His direction and command. “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her” (Luke 1:38 ESV).
God gave Adam and Eve, and all their progeny, His image, the image of God. Adam sinned and rebelled against God, and all people inherited his rebellion and sin. Because of Adam’s sin all people are separated from God and die, both physically and spiritually. Jesus, being God, took upon Himself the likeness of sinful flesh, but without sin, coming into the world through the natural process every human experiences. Throughout His life, Jesus did not sin but kept completely and perfectly the commands and purpose of God. Yet, He died physically, tortured to death by the people He came to save. Where, Adam and the human race in its entirety, can do nothing to make anyone right before God, Jesus came to do that which no one else could do. He reconciled people to God through His sacrifice.
To bring reconciliation to all people Jesus had to become human. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24 ESV). Jesus is the fulfillment of prophecy. God declares, from the first rebellion until the end of time, that He wants a relationship with those created in His image. At the fall of Adam and Eve, God cursed the serpent, the Deceiver, saying “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15 ESV). Joseph, Mary’s husband, was told in a dream that his wife would bear the Son of God, the fulfillment of a prophecy found in both Genesis and in Isaiah. “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us)” (Matthew 1:23 ESV; see Isaiah 7:14).
Jesus lowered Himself from His divine place in eternity and entered His creation as a man. For a moment in time, in a physical position but not in eternal perspective, He humbled Himself. And then God exalted Him.
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. (Philippians 2:9-11 ESV)