With Christmas just a couple days away I have taken some time to truly examine the unbelievable story of our Savior’s birth. Through all my readings in this season of advent, I cannot help but think of the word HUMBLE. When you really stop to think about the life of Jesus, birth to death, you find humility. The very nature of his life and ministry is rooted on setting himself aside for the sake of others.
Jesus’ birth was one of humbleness. God’s Son did not enter into the world in an audacious palace born of riches. The King of Kings wasn’t born in the largest city with the finest healthcare, nicest homes, and pimped out camels. It was the exact opposite….nothing fancy, nothing extravagant. He came as a small baby born of a humble teenager named Mary who just wanted to serve the Lord.
Throughout the gospels Jesus was humble in character. From washing his disciples feet to the giving up of himself, Jesus “came not to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many”(Mark 10:45). As he serves others and serves his disciples, Jesus provides the most unbelievable act of service as a book end to his life…the cross. Jesus died. He gave up his life for God’s people. He didn’t have to, but he “humbled himself 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, 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” (Phil. 2:8-10).
This Christmas I have come to this conclusion:
Hope always begins with humility.
Scripture refers to God as the “God of hope”. We live in a broken and hopeless world. We cannot find sustainable hope in the things of this earth but only through God. God provided hope beginning with the humility of His son, Jesus. Jesus gives hope by serving humbly. There is something about being humble and serving others that can provide hope. Is it just me or does this excite anyone else? An incredible God humbled himself in sending his one and only son, his son humbled himself to die on the cross to die for us, and now we are called to be humble to provide the “God of Hope” to others. Are you providing hope to others by being humble?
Think on it.