GOD CAME NEAR- Jesus’ Humility
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“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.'” – Luke 2:10
Good News. That’s what the angels proclaimed to the shepherds who had been keeping watch over their flocks that night. Make no mistake, shepherds were not at the top of the social order. Shepherds were outcasts of society, marginalized within their own culture. They were dirty, uneducated, and poor. Yet they were the very first people God chose to deliver the good news of the birth of the King! What kind of God makes the grand announcement of the Savior of the World to a bunch of rag-tag shepherds?
In this, we catch a glimpse of God’s heart and character towards his people. And in Jesus, we see the ultimate example of humility. He came to serve, not to be served. He came as a King but lived like a servant. He was fully God, yet did not consider that something to be grasped. Paul writes this about Jesus:
“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” – Philippians 2 6-8
Jesus bent to wash feet. He spent time with the lowly, the sick, and the outcast. His entire ministry on earth was focused on loving and serving people who were not otherwise considered in culture.
This is why Christmas is Good News for us! This is why the angel proclaimed the birth of Jesus as, “good news that will cause great joy for all people.” Good news not just for certain people, but for all people! Not just for those in palaces, but for those in prisons. Not just for those in power, but for those in poverty. Not just for those with a perfect record, but for those with a broken past in desperate need of a Savior.
And Christmas is still Good News today! The humility of Jesus far outreaches the boundaries of time and social order. If Jesus had been born in a palace and laid in a cradle of gold, it would not have been good news for the shepherds and it would not be good news for us! In a palace, the shepherds would not have been welcomed, and we would not have been invited! But there in a barn, placed in a wooden feeding trough– all are welcomed! What a King to come and behold.
The humility of Jesus allows us to approach Him confidently and compels us to love others humbly. His humility is the thing that draws us near to Him and drives us to want to follow Him. Jesus is the King who came to serve! And when we follow His authority, we will be moved to model His humility.
If it’s hard to find purpose and motivation in this season, do this– take a long, hard look at Jesus! Look at how He came, how He lived, and how He laid his life down for our sake! Let that motivate you. Let His purpose become your purpose– to love others, to serve others, and to consider others above yourself!
“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). – Matthew 1:22-23
Reflect & Respond:
Acknowledge: Are there places in your life where you feel the need to make much of yourself? Are there places in your life where pride keeps you from seeing others the way Jesus sees them? Write them down.
Posture: The posture of humility often comes in the form of bowing down. In the time of Jesus, this is how one would approach a king. It’s also how we see Jesus, often on His knees while serving others, and spending time with His Father. You may have never done this before, but take a moment to get on your knees, and posture yourself in humility before your Savior.
Prayer: “Jesus, thank you the life you lived in humility & servanthood. May it compel me to draw in closer to you, and closer to others, seeing them how you see them. Give me eyes to see places to bend a knee and serve someone else. It’s because of your life, death, and resurrection that I get to participate with you in the redemption of all things. May I see everyone around me as a chance to be a vessel of your grace, mercy, and humility. Amen.”
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