~ This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Brad Ettore. You can hear the whole sermon, The Role of Humility in Our Lives (part 5), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
Having a model is a key to learning humility. There is no greater model than our Lord. 2000 years ago Jesus – God Himself – came as a baby. This is how the Creator of the Universe presented himself to mankind . . . as a baby!
Why would God come to us in the form of a baby?
The reason is because all of the human race had been corrupted through the poison of pride. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve partook of the desire to be like God . . . the fell pray to the same pride that had Lucifer cast out of Heaven.
And yet God Himself . . . was born into a family of disgrace.
Jesus was born into a family of shame. He was born under the reputation of illegitimate son. Having children outside of wedlock never happened in Biblical times. Yet, He grew up with the reputation of an illegitimate son. Additionally, Jesus was born in the conditions equal to that of animals. Not in a mansion or even a house. The streets of Heaven are paved with gold, but Jesus allowed Himself to be born in a manger.
Why would God do that?
God wanted to reveal an aspect of Himself to the human race that would be the cure for the fall of man: HUMILITY. The baby Jesus is the ultimate picture of humility. In coming as a child, God was reducing himself to His own creation. He, in fact, was placing Himself in utter dependence to His own creation.
Complete and pure humility.
Thinking about the humility of Jesus may just shatter our entire way of thinking about God, but if it does, it will open a new way of thinking about ourselves.