Though He was, and is, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, his coming was inauspicious and without fanfare. Except for an angelic pronouncement to a few timid shepherds, he made his entrance into our world quietly. His parents were unassuming and ordinary. He was born in a simple stable.
As was His birth, so too was His life.”He grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;” (Isaiah 53:2-3)
When He was revealed as the Messiah to His followers, He did not Lord it over them, but washed their feet. He patiently instructed them to serve one another “whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28)
Paul encourages us to follow His example, when he penned these inspired words: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:3-7)
Gentle and Lowly
His gentle call to us remains consistent with His humble life “come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)
Ponder the third and fourth verses of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin
Where meek souls will receive him still, the dear Christ enters in.
O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in, be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels, the great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel
May our Humble King bless you this Christmas Season and may His humble nature be reproduced in each of us.
PS Exalted King
“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12) Jesus faithfully and consistently chose the path of humility and God fulfilled this scripture for His Son.
“Being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,” ((Philippians 2:8-9)