Advent 2013: Day

The humility of Christ

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Today's Text: Philippians 2:5-11, John 13:3-5

Text: Philippians 2:5-11, John 13:3-5

The Humility of Christ

Reflection

When I think of Christ’s humility, I think about it as an event. God the Son, equal part of the Godhead, enjoying all the splendor and glory of God Himself, adding onto Himself the very nature of man. He didn’t leave his God-ness behind – but in taking on the full likeness and limits and weaknesses of man, He left behind the benefits of his God status.

Jesus was all-God and all-man; but the act of taking on that all-man part was His way of saying, “I come for the Father. I come for YOU.”

Christ’s humility was an event.
It was the moment He came naked into the world, the firstborn of a virgin and a carpenter, wrapped in swaddling clothes.
It was the hour He wrapped a towel around his hands and washed His disciples feet.
It was the purple robe and crown of thorns He wore as He stood trial on behalf of the human race.
And all of the events in between.

Christ’s humility was His whole life.

And His glory?

It was the great curtain of the tabernacle torn from top to bottom (yes, from Heaven to earth)! (Matthew 27:51)

And it was the grave clothes laying void of a body in an empty tomb! (John 20:5)

God the Son took on human form – He became poor and simple and unimpressive. He became a servant.

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
(Philippians 2:9-11, ESV)

Day 27

Prayer

Jesus, you clothed yourself in humanity for us in the ultimate display of humility. You laid aside your crown to serve and save the likes of us, and then you picked up a cross and willingly gave your life for ours. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Amen.

Advent Action

Summarize the Christmas story in your own words. Write it down. Imagine yourself as a character in the story. Where are you? What do you see? How is Christ’s humility present even in your surroundings?

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For an added layer of worship and study, we chose a beloved Christmas song for each day of our Advent plan. We invite you to listen to What Child Is This? today as we dwell on the truth of God’s word together.

  • mazmagi54 (Peggy)

    Blessings SRT sisters in Christ… I came here today just to share this song that came to me today and I had not seen it shared here yet (sorry if it was and I missed it) but I had to share it before this wonderful series is over especially this part (the opening and closing verses):

    "The skies don't seem to be as dark as usual
    The Stars seem brighter than they've been before
    Deep within I feel my soul a stirring
    As though my Hope, has been restored
    The Shepherds Say They've Heard The Voice Of Angels
    Confirming Rumors Spread Across The Land
    That A Child Protected Well From Herod's Anger
    Is Our Father's Son, And The Son Of Man

    You're The Savior We Have Been Praying For
    In Our Humble Hearts, You Will Dwell
    You Are In Us
    You Are For Us
    You Are With Us

    Emmanuel" by Casting Crowns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huASULyhU0s

    I was drawn here by the "humility" and love the song sung by Mandisa of "What Child is this" (what beautiful additions to the SRT devotions with prayers and action point but the songs are my favorite-although I still can't get them via Spotify and have to go look for them on YouTube but I did not make a list this time) but here's hers for today … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTvkWnvabTs [but then the first response in humility and the loving response of this beautiful commUNITY drew me there(so I had to stop and respond there first) … never do I mean to stand as an obstacle to learning and growing (probably why I lurk as I read along with you all rather than respond anymore – as I read comments, I pray for that person – so that's good when you comment unlike me)] I know I have been humbled in this lesson and from this series.

    So very thankful for that Name above every name, That is the sum of Christmas for me: Jesus! [I deleted the part of what character I'd imagine myself to be]

    WOW! What a beautiful prayer Raechel!!! Amen! So meaningful … as I bow before Him this day, asking for forgiveness, and learning from His humility … so that I may come humbly before God's throne yet boldly in confidence because of the Perfect Lamb that came to save me! May I have the mind of Christ as I mature and desire more of Jesus Christ image in me, the heart of a servant and learner, as a teacher always ready to learn and grow more, onto maturity in the fruit of the Spirit (all of which I need to be filled with each day so I humbly come and ask His Spirit to fill me).

    And to listen and think of "What Child is this?" most definitely leaves me in such awe and reverence of Our Lord Jesus Christ! Exalting Him and setting time aside to "wash my feet" as well as my heart, mind and spirit this day. Such a humble act to wash another's feet.

    Yesterday Day 26 in the Faith Dare (book by Debbie Alsdorf) the dare was to walk in humility and grace toward others. Here are some good quotes I love from Debbie on humility:
    "Humility involves shadowing the life and nature of Christ. We need a humble heart if we are going to live in love toward others and if we are interested in honoring Christ."
    "Humility is a life submitted to God. Humility is saying to our Father, “You are God and I am not!” Walking in humility toward others is not that difficult to understand; it is simply putting them first."
    To show humility, I need to humble myself in attitude and action; overlook an offense; practice saying "whatever" and incorporate it into my lifestyle; be more flexible and less demanding of others; fix my mind on the needs of others rather than my own (selfish ones) get out of self mode and actively look for the needs of others, actively listen to their opinions before inserting my own; allow the same grace to others that God allows me … and give my cares to God. I must remember this:
    " … we have inherited in Christ. And that nature is humble and loving. Christ gave us an example of humility by dying for people who didn’t care, were in their sins, were undeserving."~Debbie Alsdorf

    Thanks for this beautiful gift so neatly wrapped in this SRT 27th day!!! Amazing readings to share today with these thoughts. Amazing lessons to be learned and shared from this manger scene to the Cross to the glorious tomb! Glory! Hallelujah! May we exalt His Name—Jesus! Emmanuel … God with us! Looking forward to more of His aMazing grace and the final wrap up of Christ's arrival and all the change He brings/brought and still will bring in me.

    A blessed and happy 2014!!! (filling it with HOPE for me)! Thank you all!

    Prayers and peace,
    Peggy

  • "Christ’s humility was an event.
    It was the moment He came naked into the world, the firstborn of a virgin and a carpenter, wrapped in swaddling clothes.
    It was the hour He wrapped a towel around his hands and washed His disciples feet."

    Sisters, My eyes are filled with tears to see the beautiful community of women I am surrounded by here on SRT. I love how open and honest we've all been, and how diverse we all are, yet filled with the same presence of Christ so that we can live in perfect unity with each other in Him. I've been without a church as of late, and seeing/hearing from all of you on a daily basis is so encouraging. As I read on Christ's humility, how lovingly attentive He was as He washed His servants feet, I am made even more emotional by realizing that He is attentive to the details of my life as well, like Diane said- He knows my needs, I am engraved in His hands, and the details of who I am/how my life is are ever before Him.

    Such love takes me to new heights and depths of love for others, and it reminds me of two Mother Teresa quotes that I hold dear:
    -"Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work."
    -"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love."

    Father, I pray today that you'd enable me to be the same loving, humble servant toward all others as you've been to me. Help me to give without ever expecting something back; help me to love to the point of death, as you died because you loved us so.
    I pray a blessing over all of us today. Love you, sisters. May God's face shine upon you as you seek him all the more.

  • leenda324

    Diane praying for your daughter, Sherri. Please pray for my daughter, Devin. Actually both of my adult children. All we can do is pray.

  • Diane Smith

    MY sister and I had pedicures before Christmas . what a treat to have someone care for your cracked heals,and knobby toes.
    To think that our Lord would take on the servant role of washing feet is a vivid picture for me this morning.
    Oh how He loves me. The gift of His birth for us is just the start of the journey. he is one seated at His Fathers right hand interceding for all our petitions.
    I am blown away by such love! the foot washing symbolizes his personal attention to all the details of our day. He was there while I worked through forgiveness with one of my grown children yesterday. she is on her own journey to faith,but still blaming everyone for her disappointments. she needs to remember her early childhood faith. Please pray with me for her today? Sherri is in a dark place and it grieves me, her words sting and yet I know that He is completing His work in her. Thank you.

  • I never know where a devotional reading is going to take me, and so many times it seems nowhere near where the writer was intending. That is the awesome power of the Holy Spirit. Today as I was reminded of how humble our Lord was willing to go to serve us — it called to mind a few couples at church that feel they've "done their time" in certain areas of serving. It originally tweeked me, but today it was brought to my attention that a similar attitude has crept up in me. Therefore, while readying this in the NLT version, it reads, "you must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had." And I said, "Yes Lord, that is the only attitude that I want to be known for — humble.

    I pray that as I get older I would become more and more humble and not have the sinful attitude of entitlement.

    • Janee White

      Such a humble prayer Valanne. And such an easy trap to fall into. In one breath, I cant even imagine saying "I've paid my dues", yet, in the next breath, I realize that I have already said it. I felt as though the 'world' owed me – and unfortunately its not a big jump to 'God owes me'. (May I never EVER feel that way – What God owes me are the stripes that were placed on the back of Jesus. Those stripes were because of my sin.)

      Oh Jesus, thank you for taking what is owed to me.

      Where two or more are gathered, He is with us. So I am praying in agreement with you, that we become more and more humble, and not have the sinful attitude of entitlement. God bless you Valanne…..

  • Joanne Sher

    Thank You Lord for being willing, even as our creator and king, to be our example of true, complete humility.

  • It blows me away to think he came as a humble baby born in a stable, became a servant to his disciples (washing their feet) and died a horrific death on the cross and yet he was Our Lord and Savior! The holiest of holy, the king of all kings , the Son of God! . What an awesome loving God we serve! To love us so much is almost unbelievable! But I believe and am ever so thankful! Praise his holy name given by God….thank you Jesus for do what we are unworthy and incapable of doing! May I be a beacon of your love….use me as you see fit!

  • Candacejo

    He's the Name above all names!
    He's worthy of all praise!
    My heart shall sing,
    "How great, is our God!"

    So thankful He humbled Himself for you and for me so that we might experience eternal life AND His presence in this life!

    He did away with the Old Testament Law of the priest and the tabernacle…when the veil was torn in two, no longer did we need an intercessor to go to the Father for us! Jesus IS that Intercessor!

    He said in John 10:30, "I and my Father are one." No more sacrifices, offerings of bulls, goats and rams…He was the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, once and for all!

    Go Tell It On The Mountain!

  • Sorry the name our sister called herself should read unforgiven….and it was sisterly love and not disorderly… oops, x

  • confused

    Good morning. I want to humbly apologize to you all if my comments lately have been standoffish:( I was just looking for truth and I got carried away is all. Please ladies I ask for your forgiveness from you all today and I thank you all for your input…God Bless you all and Happy New Year..please forgive me..

    • tina

      Dear confused, there is nothing to forgive….. nothing. The Bible says "seek and you will find… " to my mind you are seeking the truth… you are asking the questions….you are finding out for yourself….God Will honour that…. He will guide you along the right path…. We, sister's here at She reads truth are all on different stages of our journey, none of us have it sewn up…none of us have all the answers… what we do have is God's grace to get us through the days, His faithfulness that He will never leave us nor forsake us once we have taken the step to give our life to Him, His love which is abundant and free, we do not have to earn it in any way shape or form, He gives us hope for our lives right now and future, God has the plans, we have to trust…..
      Confused some time back we had a sister who addressed herself as unforgiving, it hurt to read her name and comments, she is a child of God, and therefore in my heart should not have carried such a burden for her identification……through prayer, disorderly love, and God's grace and working in her she changed her name to forgiven…. I tell you this because I pray Our Great God open your eyes, heart ears to His truth, his love , his grace, that his word will start fitting into place, and that one day sooooon you name will be changed to something wonderful like freed ,saved, blessed, joy, chosen, forgiven, loved . God bless you sister, and I do pray that the year 2014, is the year to hear and believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, thanks be to God. Xxx

    • Candacejo

      No worries here either :) Asking questions is how we grow and learn and we ask a ton of questions around here!

      Make yourself at home at SRT. You are loved and among friends. Blessings dear one!

    • Brandi

      I agree with both our sisters here. There is nothing to forgive. I love your honesty and your unabashed desire to be faithful to what will honor the Father! And the Word says He will change our names! Isn't that awesome? He has a name picked out just for each of us! I love you my sister! All of you my sisters!

    • mazmagi54 (Peggy)

      Forgiven and Seeking (formerly signed in as "confused" and standoffish-no way) … No need to apologize for seeking truth and as I wrote and others have replied, we all grow this way if we remain open and question, and as tina so well said (thank you tina), we all are in various stages on this journey together, seeking God … and as candacejo says "no worries here … make yourself at home". I apologize if any of my remark seemed condescending that is why I hoped to include clarifications and started with "asking is good …" I thought someone wrote that none of us are perfect or as I say "have arrived" … I am imperfect and a work in progress as we all are. Forgive me also if I made you feel that you needed to ask forgiveness because that is not at all what I intended. I'm sorry. I do pray more often than comment. This inquiry of yours just seemed like it needed attention and prayer from us. Honest questioning is always an open policy with me but I will answer as honestly also (I hope I was more tactful than this seems but I guess not). I hope I conveyed love more than the condemnation you seem to have felt. On to God's Glory and learning more from the HUMILITY of CHRIST (a great lesson for today!) Once more Forgiven … keep asking, seeking and knocking … the door will be opened especially if we are seeking God first and all these things will be added onto us… that's you and me … forgiveness, mercy, love, … Peace, Peggy

    • AnnaLee

      Confused, we love you. Don't worry about any of this! God knows your heart and it is obviously one that wants to know him truly. I pray a blessing over you: that you would come to know all that you've been asking, and that God's grace would grant you a peace in whatever occurs that could only come from Him, that is beyond being able to understand (Philippians 4:7). Be embraced by the love of God today! I pray He'd comfort, strengthen, and encourage you in your walk with him today, and that He'd give you what you're looking for in love.

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