Being in the form of God, (Christ) did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
He came from Heaven.
He was the Good Shepherd, Whose unmatched love for the sheep of His flock moved Him to humble Himself and become one of them. As their Maker, He had every right to come as a judge and condemn them for their rebellion. But in love He chose to come instead to save them from the condemnation their sins had earned. Voluntarily emptied of His rights as their Holy God, He would live among them and serve them. He would show them how to live, to honor their Creator, and to love each other.
All the while He knew that one day He would willingly suffer their rejection and scorn. And by His own permission, they would violently kill Him. On that day this Shepherd-turned-sheep would become the Passover’s sacrificial Lamb of God, and be led up Calvary’s Road to be slaughtered.
It would be there on that hill that He would offer us the most uneven of trades: He would take from us the punishment we deserved for our sins against God, and give to us the reward He deserved for His righteousness.
Later, He would rise from the dead so that all who trust in Him for salvation might live with Him forever.