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The Humility of Jesus

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:28-29

The Bible identifies Jesus as the very God who spoke the universe into existence. He was equal to and had always existed with the Heavenly Father. No man can look intently upon His glory and live and yet He emptied Himself and became a mere man.

Jesus walked this dirty earth and had fellowship with His followers before He gave Himself over to be sacrificed. He rose on the third day and then ascended back to heaven where He reigns as God again, though He is always with us in spirit.

The act of God becoming a mere man in order to suffer and die for our sins is the greatest act of humility possible. Jesus was always humble in heart. Knowing that the time had come for Him to give Himself up to be crucified, He told His disciples that He would eat one last Passover with them.

During the Passover Jesus got up from the table and girded Himself with a towel. With a pitcher of water, a pan and a towel, He knelt down before each of His disciples, one by one and tenderly washed their feet.

In any home, this responsibility fell to the lowest servant in the house. Yet Jesus took this upon Himself. There is no doubt that all eyes were upon Him. He was the Master, the Promised Messiah, the Son of the living God!

Sometimes I wonder what must have been going through their minds. They had seen Jesus heal the sick, raise up the lame, cast out demons, give sight to the blind, walk on water, calm the wind and even raise the dead. And now, their Master was taking the form of the lowest servant in the house and tenderly washing their feet.

Perhaps the disciples were too stunned or too afraid to inquire but not Peter. Peter told the Lord that He would never allow Him to wash the filth off his feet. But Peter yielded when Jesus replied,"If I do not wash your feet you will have no part with Me."

There was a point to what Jesus had done; He even asked His disciples if they had realized what He had done. He said, "You call Me Master and Lord; and you are right, for I am so. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher washed your feet, you also ought to wash one anotherís feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you." (John 13:13-15)To walk in the power, grace, mercy and love of Jesus, we must walk in His humility.

 

 

 

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