He Humbled Himself

8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2).

Our Lord was humiliated beyond degree.  He who was the true King was betrayed, forsaken, mocked, scorned, beaten, bruised, and hung naked on a cross. Yes, Jesus was indeed humiliated — but He was never humbled, for He did that Himself — “He humbled Himself.”  The truth is, He could never have been humbled, because to be humbled is to be caught red handed in something.  Yet, He was never caught in anything at all.  If anything, He allowed Himself to be caught.

Now, it is one thing to humble oneself to the point of embarrassment or even scorn — it is quite another to humble oneself “to the point of death.”  And then again — to humble oneself to the point of death, “even death on a cross.”  To Christ, nothing was more important than being “obedient” to His Father, which was the exact opposite of the original sin which took place in the Garden of Eden.  His humble obedience negated forever the prideful disobedience handed down to all of us.

Lord, thank You for Your obedience!  Help us This Day to humble ourselves in obedience to You in whatever You require.  Amen.