~ 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.
Pastor Brad supplied about a dozen scriptures from the gospels that show the humility of Jesus’s thought process. Here are 5 of them with some simple notes after each.
John 5:30 “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”
Jesus gave His Life to the Father a long time ago . . . As He modeled with His Father, Jesus is asking us to lay our lives down and take up His cause. In asking us to lay down our lives, Jesus is not asking us to do something He has not already done! Obviously Jesus could have operated independently, but, in His mind, he was not capable of it – because He had committed His entire life to the purpose of the Father.
John 5:19 ” Then Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.'” Jesus was saying “I have dedicated my life to not doing my own thing.” We should try to put on the same mindset. Jesus was thinking like this: “My life is no longer mine, I literally give it up. I do nothing for myself. Everything I do . . . I am only going to do what He asks me to do.” Think about what that would be like! If we meditate on this sort of humility – and the obedience that comes from it, our heart will become more pliable to Jesus’s way of thinking. We have to take the time to renew our minds . . . by thinking about the concepts of Heaven and allowing them to a work in us.
John 5:41 “I do NOT receive honor from men.” In other words: “All I care about is what the Father thinks of Me.” Man’s response did not faze Jesus. He was immune from dependence on the praises of man. He knew man was fickle and therefore did not entrust Himself to them (Jn 2:23-25).
John 5:43 “I have come in My Father’s name.” In other words, Jesus came as an ambassador of Heaven. Jesus was carrying the authority of Heaven to do Heaven’s thing . . . not to do His own thing. Ambassadors are not sent to do their own thing. Jesus came to do the bidding of the Father.
John 7:16 “Jesus answered them and said, ‘My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.'” Jesus preached His Father’s material. Our entire mission in life should be completely given to His mission. Pride rebels agains this whole concept – saying “what about me? Can’t I do my own thing?”
Tomorrow’s blog post will have more scriptures given in a similar style. The power of meditating on Jesus’s way of thinking is in realizing “if anyone could have been accurate in regarding themselves very highly – surely it was Jesus . . . Yet He did not.”