"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." -Zechariah 9:9
In reality, the title of this post should be "humble beginning, middle, and end" as Jesus remained humble throughout His entire ministry and is to this day.
It's important for us to realize that Jesus' humility didn't begin and end with the manger scene at His birth - though that would have been plenty. The fact that God, the Creator, became part of His own creation is something we will never be able to fully understand.
Regardless, for today's post, I wanted to share scriptures pointing to the humility of Jesus, to remind us of how much He loves us and how much He desires to bring us to a higher standard.
Because Jesus isn't merely a good example
He is our Savior.
And He came, not just to save us from eternal death,
But to save us from our sin,
And save us to a holy and rightous life,
So, as you read of Jesus' humility,
and you are reminded of all He has done,
and all of Who He is,
remember that He desires the same life for you.
But you don't become more like Jesus by simply trying harder and doing better.
You simply ask for His grace and Spirit to empower you.
Here are a few verses to reflect on that fact, and then more to remind us of the humility, life and perfection of our Savior, Jesus.
We Are Empowered By Jesus To Live like Him
"For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure." -Philippians 2:13
"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." -2 Corinthians 12:9
"If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you." -Romans 8:11
Jesus, Our Humble Savior
"For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me." -John 6:38
"And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart." -Luke 2:51
"For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves." -Luke 22:27
"Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him." -John 13:5
"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. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." -Philippians 2:3–8