Today we experience the joy of salvation because of Jesus' great act of sacrificial humility. We've heard of stories about people making sacrifices and showing humility, but none can fully illustrate the sacrificial humility of Jesus. What He did was beyond any human comparison. Let us allow the Bible to describe what He did. It says that "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" (Philippians 2:5-8). Such was the magnitude of His sacrifice, God's love for us in its deepest and most profound.
Now, although our best possible expressions of sacrificial humility can never compare to what He did, there is no doubt that the Bible invites us to "Let this mind be in [us] which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5). Jesus Himself said "learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart" (Matthew 11:29). These passages clearly indicate that we can have a character and an attitude of humility that reflects Jesus' example.
As we continue to unite together in prayer, it is my hope that the Holy Spirit will transform each of us to reflect Jesus and people around us will begin to see the beauty of Him who died in humiliation for the salvation of men.
“When the Spirit of God takes possession of the heart, it transforms the life. Sinful thoughts are put away, evil deeds are renounced; love, humility, and peace take the place of anger, envy, and strife. Joy takes the place of sadness, and the countenance reflects the light of heaven” (The Desire of Ages, p. 173).
Pastor Ben Pontanar is part of the pastoral team in the greater Dublin area of churches.