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28 Jul 2018

Learning the Humility of Jesus to Encourage Revival

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (emphasis added)

Philippians 2:5-10 (ESV)
 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, (emphasis added)

We have in the passage above a brief summary of the indescribable humility of Jesus, along with an admonition to hold in ourselves this same attitude.  The overview presented breaks down into two basic phases.  First there is the humility displayed by Jesus by descending from on high to become from the Creator God to the lowly being of human nature.  We can easily miss the enormous extent of this humbling because we are prone to underestimate the highness of the position of God. Because we view all things from the lowness of this earth and because we are by nature near-sighted, we have little capacity to “see” the height from which Jesus descended. 

If we would for one brief moment consider the extent of all the creation, the whole earth and all that is in it.   Then moving outward we contemplate the entire cosmos.   Think of the energy the sun distributes each minute.   Then reflect on the fact that it is only a medium size star.   Ponder the number of stars we can see; and with these realities in mind think of the awesome power that holds all of these stars along all creation in place, each element working in perfect synchronization with all the others in order to accomplish the perfect and magnificent will of God.  This represents but a tiny slice of the power and wisdom and love of Jesus.    His highness in heaven is infinitely high!  From that place He descended to earth and became as a man.

Then there is the second phase that we may be able to see in more precise relief.  This is a humility that gave birth to an obedience that defeated sin and death. This is a humility that could not be separated from the grasp of Jesus.  While Jesus did not consider being equal with God a thing to hold on to He did not for even an instant lose His grip on His infinite humility. There is no greater humility within our capacity to understand than that which is able to continue to act all the way to the giving of His life for us.  This is the humility that brought to you and to me the eternal victory of the cross. This is the humility that enabled us to experience the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  Jesus humbled Himself to become obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.  The success of His mission and the reality of His future glory were dependent upon His infinite humility. There was NOTHING that could move Jesus away from humility.    O Holy Spirit, help us to have this attitude in us that was also in Christ Jesus. 

Jeff Williams