Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man He humbled Himself and became obedient to death--even death on a cross. --Philippians 2:1-8

This banner is an expression of Yeshua, the incarnation of God and His mission as the Suffering Savior. Its opulence speaks of the enormity of the sacrifice He made in laying down His heavenly position to enter the ignominy of His life as the Son of Man. To the Body of Christ, it says that we too should lay down our lives for our brothers (I John 3:16) for the servant is not greater than the master.

COLORS: Rose, the Messiah color, is a mixture of red for the blood sacrifice and white for purity and holiness. Gold represents His deity. Redemption and truth are symbolized by silver. Pearls symbolize beauty that comes through suffering. Black signifies death and humiliation. (The Son of Man must be delivered in to the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again. --Luke 24:7)

BACKGROUND: The under fabric is striped and quilted (pierced with a needle and thread) to represent His body that was striped and pierced. The lace overlay has a pattern of tendrils and leaflets and suggests that Jesus is the True Vine (John 15).

LETTER FORMS: The shapes in the letter forms suggest the nails of the cross, and the slashing "S" appears as a sickle to remind us that He was cut off from the land of the living, for the transgression of My people He was stricken (Isaiah 53:8).

CROWNS: The king's crown is placed at the bottom of the banner to remind us that Jesus laid down His heavenly crown to take up the crown of thorns. The king's crown represents the unspeakable, unfathomable riches that Jesus set aside. The crown of thorns reminds us of the unspeakable, incomprehensible agony of His passion and death that He willingly endured in our place.

DRAPE: Suggests several things; the swaddling cloth connected with His incarnation (Luke 2:12); the mantle of the prophet, the servant's towel, the seamless robe. The fringe reminds us that He put Himself under the Law (Numbers 15:39).

MORNING STAR: Jesus is the Bright Morning Star (Revelation 22:16). The morning star on the banner is a symbol of His prophetic office, bringing the light of the gospel to the four corners of the earth. It also calls to mind the star of Bethlehem, which leads to the Promised One.

BORDERS: Five crystal drops represent the precious oil of anointing upon Jesus. Messiah means, "Anointed One". Five is also the number of grace. Two sets of five drops total ten. Ten is the number of testing and completion, speaking that Yeshua endured the trials set before Him and was not found wanting. The drops also suggest tears of suffering. Twenty-seven bells hang from each side representing His perfect priesthood. Twenty-seven is a perfect number, the cube of three (three is the number of the Godhead, deity and perfection).

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