The humility of Christ in the Christmas Story

20 Dec

Philippians 2:5-11
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed
in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied
Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 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, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL
BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue
will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The birth of Jesus Christ is centred in humility, not only was Christ born in a stable, He
was made in human likeness, being found in appearance as a man. This is humility in its
fullness, the glory of God stooping down to be amongst sinners, identifying with the flesh of
wretches, made in the form of His creatures. Christ is the essence of humility, and one that
we must follow that He may be glorified through us.

What is salient about this King is not simply His physicality of a babe, or the lowly
environment that surrounds Him, but something far more noteworthy, namely The Christ
laying down His title. This glorious Saviour foretold by the ancient prophets to majestically
grace himself upon Israel, to lead her into redemption, descends in the form of man with no
fame, no trumpets to announce His appearance, not even a pin drop to speak of His arrival.
As the famous Christmas Carol describes “silent night, Holy night, all is calm, all is bright”.
Jesus had no want of recognition and no need of reputation.

We read in Philippians 2 of Jesus humbling Himself, even to the point of death. Christ
therefore, is given the name above every name so that each person may confess that He
alone is Lord. He humbles himself, and in due time is exalted to the highest place, to the
glory of God the father.

So what can we learn from our Saviours birth and death? The heart of man by nature longs
for a title, it seeks after recognition, and this the bible describes as idolatrous. Therefore,
we might ask ourselves, “where in my heart have I sought out fame?” Maybe you find
recognition in your workplace, or discover you love being a reputable leader, or even seek
notoriety as good Christian. As we meditate in our hearts upon Jesus’ birth, we must
humble ourselves by coming to the cross, laying before it our want of a title and our longing
to be recognised. We must follow Jesus in His birth by becoming nothing in our attitude
towards our own self glory, knowing that as we humble ourselves before Him daily, we will
one day be exalted together with Him. (Colossians 3:4).

So as we humble ourselves and become obedient to death, as our Saviour gave example,
we align our hearts with the apostle Paul and “eagerly wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus
Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of
His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”
(Philippians 3:20-21)

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