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Humility—The Posture of Jesus Day 1: He Came Humbly and Willingly

Humility—The Posture of Jesus Day 1 – He Came Humbly and Willingly

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.” (John 6:38, ESV)

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking on the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8, ESV)

The Son of God took a humble position as a servant! If this truth doesn’t amaze you, then you haven’t fully grasped who He is and what He was willing to do for you. Before Jesus came down, He, God the Son, inhabited heaven with the Father and the Holy Spirit—the Trinity. He was perfect and sinless, and dwelt in a place where there was no sin—nor ever will be—nor any of its damaging effects. He existed in a place of splendor, peace, and glory. But then, He willingly came down and took on human flesh.

The contrast before and after His taking on flesh cannot even be understood by us simple humans. This stoop is too vast for our minds to fully grasp, because although we know what our sinful flesh is like, we do not know yet what it feels to live without sin in a place of perfection and beauty. But the question that surrounds His taking on such a humble position is this: Why did He do it?

Two words immediately come to mind: obedience and love. Long before Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, God, in His infinite wisdom and knowledge, had a plan to restore the broken relationship between mankind and Himself. The price for sin had to be paid by someone who was not only willing but also able. Here we find the Son’s obedience to the Father and His willingness and ability to pay that price for our sin. And so, Jesus chose to humble Himself and come down to earth.

While we know that God loves us—because His Word tells us and He also shows us—this willingness to take on human flesh and humble Himself speaks of a love so great that we cannot begin to understand it. If we were in a place of peace and perfection with our Heavenly Father, how willing would we be to leave that place, take on human flesh (with all its limitations, aches and pains), and come here for the purpose of dying? None of us could truthfully say we would be willing, and we certainly would never be able, because we are all fallen in sin. Because of our sin, none of us can stand before God apart from being covered by the blood of Jesus.

May we spend some time today thinking of the great sacrifice Jesus made in humbling Himself for us and taking on human flesh. Had He not been both willing and able, we would be forever lost and without any hope. And if the Son of God humbled Himself for us, how might we become humble people, following His example? Let us be willing to look for areas in which we’ve allowed pride to control us, and take on the humility that should mark us as children of God.

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