Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt. Zechariah 9:9
Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name. Philippians 2:8-9
As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” .... Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor. James 4:6, 10
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Matthew 23:11-12
The Old Testament prophecies that were fulfilled by Christ and recorded in the New Testament are quite numerous. Our triumphal entry story in Luke 19 records the fulfillment of the Zechariah verse above. Jesus comes to Jerusalem to fulfill his role as Savior and yet he is honored for his role as "King" as he enters into the City. Jesus knows that this moment of entering into Jerusalem will launch him full speed ahead into his role of being the Savior of the world. Even though he is the "King" of the universe, this moment is not the moment for fulfilling his role as "King." The word "humble" is the key word for us today. Honoring Christ as "King" in his triumphal entry into Jerusalem is a nod to the future when he will come a second time to earth as "King of kings and Lord of lords." Knowing all that is coming, putting it all on hold, and obediently going forward into Jerusalem to face suffering and death, give us the ultimate portrayal of true humility.
In the Philippians passage above notice that Christ humbling himself here on earth resulted in him being exalted later on. This pattern of being humbled first and being exalted later on is modeled for us by Christ and is commended to us in the James, 1 Peter, and Matthew passages above. We humble ourselves when we admit we need Christ to be our Savior who forgives our sins and declares us righteous. We humble ourselves when we admit we need Christ indwelling us through the Holy Spirit to produce righteousness qualities and behavior and to deliver us from sinful qualities and behavior. Humility is the key to everything good God calls us to embrace and everything bad he calls us to forsake in the Christian life. Over and over again the Lord lifts us up into his presence when we humbly seek him, depend on him, and yield to him. Living humbly before God leads to living a life of living humbly before others. This is the honorable life. God honors the one who lives humbly in a myriad of ways. Ultimately we will be exalted to our eternal home in heaven and lifted up into the actual presence of God Almighty forever.
Lord, thank you for the life of humility you call me to. Encourage my heart today, Lord, to humbly seek you, depend on you, and yield to you. Help me to live humbly before others. Deliver me from exalting myself. Thank you for Jesus, my Savior and Lord, who humbled himself for my sake. I bow before you in worship and surrender.
Posted on Wed, April 1, 2015
by Ken Hart