Jesus is a picture of divine submission and humility. He demonstrated obedience to His Father’s will perfectly. What a contrast to our own obedience at times. On those occasions when we do obey the will or promptings of the Lord, it’s easy to feel prideful. Yet Jesus led the way to obedience, and did so quietly.
“He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth.”
The ultimate humiliation imaginable–naked, nailed to a cross for all to see, falsely judged and condemned by others for treason and blasphemy. Jesus experienced that–for us! Jesus took our place, in suffering, shame, and death. He spoke not a word.
~We can learn about humility from Jesus as we observe His actions and attitude.
“The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honour.” Prov 15:33 NIV
“Humility and the fear of the Lord brings wealth and honour and life.” Prov.22:4 NIV
~And we can learn more of humility as we abide in Him, allowing His humble nature to be expressed in and through us.
“Young men, in the same way, be submissive to those who are older. Clothe yourselves in humility toward one another, because ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ [Prov.3:34] Humble yourselves therefore under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
I Peter 5:5-7 NIV
God gives grace to the humble. He cares for us. May this encourage us to draw nearer to Him for mercy and grace in times of need. He understands and prays for us in our pain, because He experienced a greater pain and shame. He is worthy of our honour and praise because He willingly subjected Himself to the ultimate humiliation, death on the cross, to restore our relationship with the Father, and show us the depth of His love.
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength, and honor and glory and blessing! ”
Rev 5:12 NIV
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