the humility of Christ

from the the humility of Christ reading plan


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

BY Raechel Myers

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.

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19 thoughts on "the humility of Christ"

  1. 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

  2. AnnaLee says:

    "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.

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