The following quote is taken from A Peculiar Glory; How the Christian Scriptures Reveal Their Complete Truthfulness, by John Piper.  This book on the inspiration and beauty of Scripture is one of the best books I have read all year.

“Close to the heart of what makes the glory of God glorious is the way his majesty and his meekness combine.  Or another way to put it would be that God is more glorious because he is a paradoxical juxtaposition of seemingly opposite traits rather than being a manifestation of only majestic strengths.  And the unifying mark of these paradoxical juxtapositions is that the majestic heights of God are glorified especially through the way they serve or stoop in lowliness to save the weak.  In other words, what is distinctly stunning – indeed self-authenticating – about the Christian God (and his Scriptures) is that he wins the praise of his majesty not by amassing slave labor to serve him but by becoming a servant to free the slaves of sin.”


“Have this attitude in yourselves, which also was in Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus), who existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal to God a thing to be grasped.  But He emptied Himself – becoming the likeness of men and being found in appearance as a man.  He humbled Himself – becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Yeshua every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue profess that Yeshua is Lord – to the glory of God the Father” (Tree of Life Version).