“…who though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant…”

Pastor Mark compares and contrasts the story of Buddha with that of Jesus. Gautama Buddha was born into a royal family and was protected from seeing the suffering in the world. But one day he saw a poor beggar, and Buddha forsake his royal upbringing and took the life of a beggar to find the cause of suffering. Jesus chose to be born into a poor family to become a servant. The stories are so similar, but also very different; Buddha's father kept his son in an insular life so that he would not experience suffering, while Jesus' father was alert to the suffering of humanity from the beginning of time. Mark goes on to use this story to illustrate the apostle Paul's exhortation of letting the mind of Christ be in you. The sermon text is Philippians 2:1-13. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.