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Christ’s Humility: A Teaching Moment, Then and Now

Christ's HumilityJesus didn’t enter Jerusalem on a beautiful stallion, or better yet in a covered canapé. No, He entered Jerusalem on the back of an ass; one of the simplest and hardest working creatures known to man. In Christ’s simplicity, we see Christ’s humility.

Throughout Christ’s entire Passion and death, He consistently placed the wellbeing of each one of us ahead of Himself. He thought more about us than He thought of Himself.  For example, He took the verbal abuse of His accusers in silence, not wanting to draw attention to His followers. When tensions escalated, He took the physical abuse, without uttering one complaint. The essence of Christ’s humility overflowed, with grace, as He quietly suffered the taunting and mockery from the crowd and the soldiers. When nailed to the Cross, He simply said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). At this most unforgiving moment, Jesus Christ put the wellbeing of the soldiers ahead of Himself. Those soldiers represented us, for it is our sins that nailed Jesus to the Cross.

Do We Share Christ’s Humility?

How does the example of Christ’s humility translate to the here and now of our lives? Let’s answer this question by asking ourselves a few other questions:

  1. How often do you let your pride get the best of you? Do you remain silent when someone tries to knock you down a peg or two, in the eyes of others? Or, are you like most people and eviscerate the offender, in defense of yourself?
  2. When tensions escalate, and someone takes a swing at you, do you turn the other cheek? Or do you return the punch?
  3. When someone taunts or mocks you, do you forgive the person? Or do you respond tit-for-tat?

As Christians, we are called to be Christ-like. With Christ being the exemplar of virtue, sometimes being Christ-like can be a tall order. Nevertheless, we need to look at those situations, in our lives, where pride rears its ugly head and look for ways to be humbler. There is no better example than Jesus. So, the next time someone makes an unkind remark about you, let it go. The next time someone tries to physically harm you, look for a way to diffuse the situation. And lastly, forgive those who know not what they do.

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