Torrey - Christ -4.7- Meekness of Christ

VII. THE MEEKNESS OF JESUS CHRIST. THE FACT OF HIS MEEKNESS

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." 2 Corinthians 10:1 — "Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you." Matthew 21:5 — "Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Behold thy king cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass."

First Proposition: Jesus Christ was meek .

QUESTION: What is meekness? 1 Corinthians 4:21 — "What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?" 2 Corinthians 10:1 — "Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you." Galatians 6:1 — "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted." 2 Timothy 2:24-25 — "And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient; In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth." Titus 3:2 — "To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men."

ANSWER: Meekness is that attitude of mind that is opposed to harshness and contentiousness and that shows itself in gentleness and tenderness in dealing with others. The thought of "meekness" as "patient submissiveness under injustice and injury," does not seem to be the prominent thought in the Bible usage of the word. The thought rather of gentleness in dealing with and correcting the errors of others seems to be the predominant thought.

HOW THE MEEKNESS OF CHRIST WAS MANIFESTED

Matthew 12:20 — "A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory."

Second Proposition: The meekness of Jesus Christ was manifested in his not breaking the bruised reed or quenching the smoking flax.

He dealt tenderly with the broken, and He cherished the fire that was wellnigh gone out. Luke 7:38,48,50 — "And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. And he said unto her, thy sins are forgiven. And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace."

Third Proposition: The meekness of Jesus Christ was manifested in HIS gently telling the outrageous but penitent sinner that her sins were forgiven and to go in peace. Mark 5:33-34 "But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague."

Fourth Proposition: The meekness of Jesus was manifested in His tenderly saying to the poor afflicted one who had tried to steal the blessing unseen by any, "Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace and be whole of thy plague." John 20:29 — "Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."

Fifth Proposition: The meekness of Jesus was manifested in the gentleness with which He rebuked the stubborn unbelief of doubting Thomas. John 21:15-17 — "So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord: thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord: thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep."

Sixth Proposition: The meekness of Jesus Christ was manifested in the tenderness with which He rebuked Peter's self-confidence, subsequent unfaithfulness, and flagrant denial of his Lord. John 13:21,27 — "When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then Jesus said unto him, That thou doest, do quickly."

Seventh Proposition: The meekness of Jesus Christ was manifested in His gentle, tender, and pleading reproof of Judas Iscariot, His betrayer. Luke 23:34 "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots."

Eighth Proposition: The meekness of Jesus Christ was manifested in His praying for His murderers.