I hope you have enjoyed this study of Jesus and humility, I know I have. As I have been digging deeper into all of this, I am absolutely overwhelmed. Everywhere I turn, all I see is Jesus walking in humility; when He’s pleading with the Pharisees, healing the sick, teaching His disciples, and most poignantly, in His relationship with the Father. It is becoming even more clear to me that I cannot separate Jesus and humility. He truly is the Humble King.
There is something else I am learning; The Father Exalts the Humble. Let’s take a look at Philippians 2:8-9 as an example. It reads like this:
…He humbled Himself (Jesus) by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name.
I love this language. Notice what Paul says at the onset of this passage, “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient…” Jesus, driven by His great love for His Father, actively traded His own will for the will of the Father. He became obedient, disregarding the cares of the world, and pursued His Father’s desires. This is how Jesus humbled Himself…
Do you want to dive really deep? Here we go…I hope this makes sense.
Jesus’ love for His Father was the means by which He humbled Himself. Notice that Paul did not say “Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient…” He specifically says “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient…” Paul is showing us how Jesus humbled Himself. He is trying to make it very clear that Jesus, through His love-driven obedience to the Father, was stripped of all pride and self-reliance; He was humbled.
Really think on this for a moment. Jesus’ love-driven obedience to the Father was the all-consuming purpose of His life. Because of this, every desire that was contrary to this pursuit must have been shoved aside; humbled.
And this is what God deemed worthy of exalting. God exalted the man that viewed Him as supremely worthy. He exalted the man that, through a love-driven obedience, humbled Himself and sought after God with His whole heart. This Jesus, the Humble King, has become the new and better Adam (Rom. 5:19) leading us forward by His example of humble obedience.
My Heart’s Desire
Oh, how I want to grow in this. I am finding that my darkest moments are brought about by a lack of love-driven obedience to Jesus. I seek to find fulfillment and joy in something other than Jesus and then become full of pride, self-reliance, and joylessness. Maybe you’re like me.
If that is the case, why don’t we “lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and run with endurance this race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith…”
I am sure of it, Jesus will lead us in victory, in humility, and in obedience. He is our greatest treasure!
I love you all,