Humanity was Humility for Christ
Philippians 2:8-9, ..."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.."
I know that I am introducing two different concepts with this post. The title and the image/quote don't seemingly go together. I get that. But maybe they do go together. To take on human form was humility for Christ. As part of the Trinity, he had always been. Jesus Christ was at creation as we read in John 1 and again in 1 John. For Christ to move his location from the Heavenly realm to the earthly realm is humility in and of itself. Then we get to the very character of Christ and see that He is the perfection of humility. Everything about Christ demonstrated this humility.
So we get to the quote from Jonathan Edwards... "Humility leads the Christian to treat others that are in fault with meekness and gentleness, as Christ did His disciples, and particularly Peter, when he had shamefully denied Him." I want to try and connect the dots in writing that are connecting in my head.
Jesus was reminded every day that He awoke in human form of His purpose. That purpose motivated Jesus to navigate in that humility. I believe that the same is true for us today. We have to acknowledge the humanity of Christ and He was both fully God and fully Man. Often times we over look the humanity part of Christ and say, "Well, he was able to do that because He was God." We discount the discipline and work of Christ to stay in obedient community with His father. We should be reminded each day, just by looking in the mirror, that we are only here for a short while. The Bible communicates that we are "passer by's" and "aliens" here. That means we are here for a little while for a big purpose. It's when we are reminded often of that purpose that we are then able to navigate this life and world with humility. When we lose sight of that purpose we focus on out entitlement in this world and forget that for those who are "in Christ" we have eternity in the next.
The humility of Christ is a beautifully amazing gift of God and an example of how we as Christians ought to live. Today, would you bridle your reactions and actions that are rooted in what you believe you deserve and embrace the humility of Jesus Christ Himself? Remember, Pride destroys relationships and Humility builds them. Be encouraged today!