The Death of Christ Was an Act of Unparalleled Humility

It was an astounding act of humility that the Eternal Son, Creator of the Universe, the Everlasting God, should become a man, born as a baby in a manger in Bethlehem. But He stooped even lower than this. It was even more amazing that in His humility He actually took the place of a servant while He was here on earth. But He stooped even lower than this.  The very depth of His humility was demonstrated when He submitted to death, even the death of the cross.

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  (Philippians 2:8).
The cross represented the lowest step of humility. The cross was a place where they put criminals or transgressors of the law. “There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death” (Luke 23:32). Jesus Christ was obviously not a criminal for He is the only man who ever lived who never committed any sins. “...Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: Who comitted no sin, nor was guile found in His mouth”  (1 Peter 2:21,22).  Upon hanging on the cross, He took the place of a curse. “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree)” (Galatians 3:13). This act of dying on the cross was carried out by our Lord Jesus Christ because it was the will of God His Father. Without Christ’s death on the cross, God’s marvelous plan of redemption could never have been fulfilled.

So Christ was willing to take the lowest place possible in order to accomplish His Father’s will. This is the opposite way of sinful human beings. We not only want our own way, rather than God’s, but our own way is seeking to exalt ourselves to the highest station possible. We want to be recognized for our high achievements and we seek the applause of men. We seek our own will which is always the way of self-achievement and greatness. This is always accomplished by the defeat or destruction of others. Christ took the lowest place which was for the salvation of others.

In the creation of man, God designed that man, the highest order of his earthly creation, should govern this universe. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit  him?  For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all under his feet, all sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas (Psalm 8:3-8).  Yet man disobeyed God and was lifted up in pride. The whole history of mankind demonstrates one man after another trying to elevate himself to be the master ruler of this universe, but he completely fails. No man has ever been able to subdue and control this universe. He has brought nothing but death, disaster, and disease upon all of mankind.  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that He by the grace of God might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings”  (Hebrews 2:9,10).   By stooping to the obedience of death on the cross He has achieved God’s purposes for this sinful earth. Through death He has won the mightiest victory for mankind that has ever or will ever be achieved—victory over death itself.