Though he was God,
[Jesus] did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross. (Philippians 2:6-8, NLT)
I have two daughters and during their growing up years I was a lot of things: a teacher, a minister, an adjunct professor, an assistant principal and a principal, and within those various contexts people referred to me as pastor, leader, supervisor, professor, administrator and boss. Each role I served and title I held were an aspect of who I was and what I did professionally, and they were the means by which I was able to provide for my family.
But all that meant nothing to my little girls. When I came home to them at the end of the day I was one thing—their Daddy, who cared for them and loved them—and that was all that mattered.
God is love, and Jesus was and is God, and over the eons He has been many things: omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, the Alpha and the Omega, and the Creator of the universe (to name a few), and His titles include—Son of God, the Word, King of Kings, Immanuel, Prince of Peace, Lord of Lords, the Way, the Truth and the Life.
But all that meant nothing to Him when He saw his little children—you and me—in need of rescue. Jesus left his home, humbled himself, came as a baby, became a servant, and died a criminal’s death on a cruel Roman cross to save us from our sins. Out of kindness and care for you and me, Jesus abandoned all titles and positions except for one—Love—and that was all that mattered.