March 5: Humility’s Place in Jesus’ Journey

Read Philippians 2:3-8 

When you think of a king, what comes to mind? Do you think of a crown, a palace, expensive clothes and a security detail? Do you think of piles of gold and other fine metals? In today’s day and age, we seem to associate wealth and popularity with royalty. 

But Jesus’ journey shatters this stereotype. The journey to the empty tomb exudes humility rather than regal splendor.

When I find myself thinking about the birth, ministry and death of Christ, I am blown away by the constant humility He showed. Even with countless Old Testament prophecies about Him, Jesus walked through His life as a servant. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords wasn’t born in a palace, but a feeding trough for animals. He didn’t have excess gold and powerful friends; He hung out with tax collectors, sinners and fisherman. He didn’t ride around on a powerful war horse; He entered Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. He wasn’t accepted by his own people, they crucified Him.  

Philippians 2 gives one of the best pictures of Christ’s humility. Paul equates selflessness with Jesus by telling of His existence before His earthly birth. Verse 6 tells us Jesus existed in the form of God. He was glorious and had full access to the rights of His deity. Life must have been pretty good for Him up there, right? However, Jesus saw our sin problem and loved us enough to do something about it. 

Verse 7 tells us that Jesus “emptied Himself”. Jesus laid aside to all that was rightfully His, took on the form of His creation and came to earth because He knew that He was the only answer to our problem. Furthermore, Jesus knew full well what awaited Him here on earth. He knew that He would meet strict opposition and would eventually suffer a humiliating and excruciatingly painful death. 

What does it mean to you that Jesus showed this much humility on your behalf? How is the Easter story even more powerful to you? 

May we be a people who live lives characterized by His humility.  

JDL

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