Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Humility of Jesus

Several months ago, I read the following devotional by Michael Card and was struck by the absolute humility Christ demonstrated, even in his most "powerful" moments of miracles and the resurrection. Jesus could have enjoyed plenty of celebrity status following the feeding of the 5000, the public healings, etc., but he didn't find security in the opinions of others, so their praise or jeers didn't affect his intentions and purposes (although I truly believe such comments affected his feelings). Nevertheless, Jesus' demonstrations of humility at the best and worst of life's moments have caused me to deeply reflect upon my own humility (or lack thereof). I certainly hope that when people observe my life and behavior, they recognize an "un-prideful" person, but more than other's observations, I want my heart and mind to be characterized by an inescapable and desperate dependence on God, so much so that He is in my thoughts at all times: first, last and always, with others or alone with Him.
"I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does." John 5:19

The humility of Jesus is evident on every page of the Gospels. Though he might have grasped equality with God, Jesus lets go of position and authority. He comes in poverty and weakness. He always points away from himself and directly to the Father upon whom he says again and again he is totally dependent. As a result, when Jesus performs a miracle, he ... always [redirects] the praise for the Father.

The humility of Jesus is most strikingly portrayed in his miracles. Without question they are literally miracles. They shatter and defy nature, physics and the world as we know it. But if you listen closely to the text, you will notice that Jesus' manner, his demeanor, the way in which he does his miracles is ordinary and simple.

1 comment:

Alison Bryant said...

What a great post, Julie. I'm so glad I found your blog! I'm a blogger, too, and love reading the thoughts of other writers.

Have a great day, girl.