Torrey - Christ -4.8- Humility of Christ

VIII. THE HUMILITY OF JESUS CHRIST.

JESUS CHRIST WAS HUMBLE

Matthew 11:29 — "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."

First Proposition: Jesus Christ was lowly in heart.

HOW THE HUMILITY OF JESUS CHRIST WAS MANIFESTED

John 8:50 — "And I seek not mine own glory."

Second Proposition: The humility of Jesus Christ was manifested in His not seeking His own glory. Isaiah 42:2 — "He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street."

Third Proposition: The humility of Jesus Christ was manifested in His avoiding notoriety and praise.

Many professed followers of Jesus Christ court notoriety. He shunned it.

He strictly charged those who He had benefitted not to make it known. Matthew 9:10 — "And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples." Luke 15:1-2 — "Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them."

Fourth Proposition: The humility of Jesus Christ was manifested in His associating with the despised and outcast. Isaiah 50:5-6 — "The Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting." Hebrews 12:3 — "For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be weary and faint in your minds."

Fifth Proposition: The humility of Jesus Christ was manifested in HIS patient submission to outrageous injury and injustice. Isaiah 53:7, RV — "He was oppressed, yet he humbled himself and opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before her shearers is dumb; yet, he opened not his mouth."

Sixth Proposition: The humility of Jesus Christ was manifested in His silence under outrageous injury and injustice. 1 Peter 2:23 — "Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously." Matthew 26:60-63 — "But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses.

And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the son of God." Luke 23:8-10 — "And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.

Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.

And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him."

Seventh Proposition: The humility of Jesus Christ was manifested in His silence under false accusation.

Jesus did not defend His own good name. He left that to God. He "committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously" and God has given Him "the name that is above every name" ( Philippians 2:9). Matthew 20:28 — "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."

Eighth Proposition: The humility of Jesus Christ was manifested in His coming to minister and not to be ministered to. John 13:4-5 — "He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded."

Ninth Proposition: The humility of Jesus Christ was manifested in His performing the most humble, menial, and repulsive services for others. Philippians 2:6-7 — "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men”.

Tenth Proposition: The humility of Jesus Christ was manifested in His choosing the lowliest place of service as a slave, instead of the loftiest place of glory as God. Philippians 2:8 — "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

Eleventh Proposition: The humility of Jesus Christ was manifested in His being "obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. ' It is in this connection that Paul charges us: "Have this mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus."