HumilityBro. David Chancellor
1/6/2008 6:00 PM
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Christ is an example of humility. We need to follow that example. He didn’t make himself highly esteemed. He didn’t come with a high title and a noble heritage. He was from the poor branch of David’s family. We didn’t choose who to be born to, but Jesus did. Jesus didn’t come to be a part of high society. People looked on Christ as an imposter of the lowest kind. His humble position threw some people off. He took the humble position so that he could be our Savior.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan.
Jesus was not unknown in his day. People all over the area knew of him. He was known, but he didn’t seek out the highly esteemed place. The honor of mankind is a fickle thing. It wasn’t long before the same crowd that followed Jesus cried out to crucify him. Jesus didn’t come for the honor of man, but for their salvation.
On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Sion; behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt. These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him. The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record. For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle. The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.
Jesus had to mingle among the people to do what God would have him to do. Not everyone sang his praises here, but he was honored by those who had seen him raise Lazarus from the dead. Some were trying to figure out how to deal with him. He didn’t fit what they were looking for. Jesus came to bring God down to man.
2 Corinthians 8:9
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
This is what Jesus did. He came so you could be rich in faith, grace, and the power of God. Jesus suffered through poverty so that we could have these things. The cross was about as shameful as you could get. It wasn’t a position of honor. We honor what he did there, but it wasn’t a place of honor when he went there.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
He hung on the cross with two common thieves. They got what they deserved, and some may have felt that Christ got what he deserved, too. The decision everyone faces is the question Pilate was faced with: Is he the Son of God or not? Being rich wasn’t exactly an honorable thing then either. Jesus didn’t make himself honorable among men. He never went out of his way to exalt himself. He gave all glory to God. He wasn’t seeking title, position or honor of men. He was seeking to turn people to God. Through his humility, God was glorified. Humility is needed to be successful in God’s work.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus sought the esteem of God, not the esteem of men. This is what we should do if we would accomplish what God wants. Be concerned about what God esteems. God honored Jesus because Jesus honored him and esteemed him higher than the things of men. Follow the example of Jesus.