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What is Christmas all about?
A humble king
I have read recently a story that was something like this. One day a wise man came to a King for an interview. The wise man had to wait for a long time because the King was very busy. Finally, the King said he could come in.When the sage entered the hall, the first thing he did was to take off his hat and bow to the King. Immediately the King took off his crown and bowed to the sage. The ministers and others who were around the King asked, “What are you doing? He took off his hat because he is an ordinary man. But you are the King. Why should you have to take off your crown?”
The King said to his ministers, “You fools, do you think I wish to remain inferior to an ordinary man? He is humble and modest. His humility is a peerless virtue’. He showed his respect to me. If I did not take off my crown, then I would be teaching less humility than an ordinary man, and he would defeat me. If I am the King, I should be better than everybody in everything. That is why I took off my crown and bowed to him!”
Christmas is a season of joy
Christmas is my favorite part of the year. It is a time of rejoicing and thanksgiving for all believers all over the world. And there is so much to be said about Christmas. However, thinking about Christmas this year, the word that kept on repeating in my heart was the word ‘humility.’
If one wants to see the glory of God, all he needs to do is look at His creation. All of God’s creation speaks of His greatness and glory— the mountains, the rivers and lakes, the rain and snow, all the trees and animals, the moon and the sun and the stars. Moreover, all we have to do is look into the mirror and marvel at how amazing God created us— in His image! But I believe the best place one can see the glory of Jesus is in the story of His birth as a human being.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (NKJV).
The humility of Christmas day
It is in the Christmas story that we can beheld His glory as the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus emptied Himself of the privileges and power He had as God. Moreover, He identified with our fallen race. He took the lowest place He could take when He came to earth because He came as a servant to everyone. And this is where we can see the greatness of God as He manifested Himself in human form.
In the very fact that God came down to earth and became a man, we can see His humility. However, He did not stop there. He became a man but not a (human) king— even though He was and still is the King of kings. He was born in a manger and not in Herod’s palace.
Christmas is about Jesus
But if He would have been born in a king’s palace, that would still be a tremendous humility because God become a human king. Nevertheless, He refused to be a king and became the servant of everyone. And that is great humility, for the Son of God who is God to humble Himself so greatly. And the more I think about it, the more I feel humbled myself.
No one can choose where to be born, in which family or country. I do not remember anyone asking me where I wanted to be born. However, Jesus, as God, had the option to choose and He did choose to be born in a humble family and a humble manger. Men usually are proud of their country, family line, studies, race, influential friends, etc.
Christmas has humble roots
Do you remember the family line of Jesus? In Matthew 1:1-17 we read that in Jesus’ family were people like Tamar (who disguised herself as a prostitute). And like Rahab (a Canaanite woman) and Ruth (a Moabite woman), and Bathsheba. Jesus wanted to come underneath all of us to serve us. There was not even one atom of pride in Him. And this is what God wants for all of us.
Let this mind be in you which was also in 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.
The above verses talk about how we are to think as believers. Paul talks about the mind— about thinking. And the mind of Christ is humility. He came down in the mess of our world by humbling Himself. He came down and lived a sinless life and took the form of a bondservant. And Jesus found His glory in taking the form of a servant.
From this Christmas on adopt the mind of Christ
As Andrew Murray well said Jesus came to bring humility back to earth, to make us partakers of it and by it to save us. His humility is our salvation and His salvation is our humility.
How much of the mind of Christ do we have? As much as we have His humility. You are growing spiritually by growing in humility. Many people believe they grow spiritually as they grow in knowledge or in doing things. However, humility is the nature of God. And the more we have God’s nature, the more we will seek to serve and bless others and not promote ourselves.
Christmas is about our humble King Jesus
The story I shared at the beginning of my post is about a humble king. However, he cannot compare himself with King Jesus! His humility is far greater than any person’s ever.
This Christmas let us celebrate Jesus with the right heart and for the right motives. Let us all beheld the glory of Jesus as it is revealed in His birth. And let us pray for help and grace to have the mind of Christ. And let us live in true humility before God and men. Someone said that it is not sin that humbles most but grace. And the Christmas story is about God’s grace. Therefore, let us rejoice in the grace of Jesus because the Word become flesh and dwelt among us and brought salvation and redemption for the humankind. All glory to Jesus!