Humble Obedience

Jesus had commended humility, saying, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12). As always, He followed His own teaching, so that He could say, “I am gentle and lowly [humble] in heart” (Matthew 11:29). His humility displayed itself in many ways. We have seen how He gave up divine privileges in order to live among men. Moreover, He chose not to be born as a prince, but as the son of a humble carpenter. His mother gave birth not in a palace but in a lowly barn. As a babe, He was carried by his parents to Egypt as refugees from angry King Herod. His youth manifested humility, for He submitted Himself to His parents in everything. Even as an adult, He obeyed the laws of the land. Though He could have won the people to Himself and accepted the kingship they offered, He chose instead to walk the way of the Cross. Herein we see the acme of His abasement: He became obedient unto death. Always submissive to His heavenly Father, He obeyed the decision of the eternal Trinity to save sinners through the sacrifice of the Son (John 14:31; 15:10; 17:4). “Not as I will, but as You will,” was His anguished prayer in the desolate Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:39). Thus, “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). Has there ever been such a man? And shall we not humble ourselves before Him in adoring worship?