Jesus left His heavenly home and His eternal fellowship with Father God to take on human form and humbly live among man. The Son of God, free of all sin, agreed to live among a menagerie of sinners. Our transgressions had separated us from the love of God and His blessed fellowship. We desperately needed a Savior. Only through Christ’s death and resurrection could God consider reconciliation. When Jesus took the sins of the world to the cross, our fellowship with the one and only Creator was restored.
God planned the virgin birth of Jesus Christ before Adman and Eve had spent a single moment in the Garden of Eden. He knew they would be tempted and deceived by the serpent. He knew they would fall. I am sure God’s heart broke when sin was birthed in the paradise He had created for them.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (NKJV)
The humble emergence of baby Jesus gives us insight into the heart of God. He did not pick a wealthy couple of immeasurable means to care for His son. He did not pick a mighty man of power and influence or a famous and prominent woman to raise His son. Instead, God acknowledged the quiet and sincere faith of both Joseph and Mary. He selected them for the wondrous honor of raising His son Jesus, an honor that was both costly and a blessing. But because of their humility, they too become special examples of God’s grace.
“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’” James 4:6 (NKJV)
Humility is important to God. Take note of Christ’s place of birth, a stable. God provides for all our needs, so Mary was not forced to give birth to the Son of Man in the wilderness. No, a warm stable out of the elements was God’s provision. This humble environment was the setting God chose for our Redeemer to enter the world…. But why? There must be a reason!
When we are in need, there is a greater urge to call upon God and rely on His provisions. Because Mary accepted the honor of being the Mother of Jesus, she faced much ridicule and doubt from her community, including her betrothed. She fell upon the grace of God and in her humility He smiled and provided.
“Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.” Proverbs 15:33 (NIV)
When God’s Son was about to enter the world, He again saw Mary’s need and provided a warm and safe place for the birth. He did not provide a wealthy establishment or mansion. It was to rural shepherds that angels appeared and announced the Savior’s birth. This environment shows the concern God has for His people, and it is not dependent upon social class or vocation. We all matter to our heavenly Father. God is not a respecter of man or of position for HE is the one who provides said position and wealth.
“Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” Acts 10:34-35 (NKJV)
Jesus came into the world to save sinners, yet sinners are both rich and poor! Again I ask, why did God give Jesus such a humble birth and life, especially since leaving heaven was already a sacrifice of humility beyond our comprehension? We find the answer in Scripture.
By reading Philippians 2:3-9 we see the importance of putting others first, esteeming them better than ourselves. God wants us to be concerned with the needs of others. This is one way to grow in love. In addition, we are told to have a mind like Christ. Jesus was humble and therefore we too should walk in humility. It pleases our Creator. Jesus humbled himself by becoming the Son of Man and taking on our humble appearance. And because of His humble obedience at the cross, God rewarded Him with a name above all others.
Humility gives God glory. He created us for fellowship but also so that we might glorify His name. When we live humble lives, whether we are rich or poor, we honor God. By putting the needs of others before our own we demonstrate the true love of God. This love is the light within us that should not be hidden under a bushel. (Mat 5:15-16) The reason Christ came into this world was so that all men and women would be saved. We could not ask for a better role model. The humility of Christ is astounding.
“A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.” Proverbs 29:23 (NKJV)
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 6:38 (NKJV)
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name” Philippians 2:3-9 (NKJV)
“We had long known the Lord without realizing that meekness and lowliness of heart should be the distinguishing feature of the disciple.” ~ Andrew Murray