oh to follow Christ's example of modesty
, by Emmanuel Higgins
Human nature is generally predictable.
Don't we all share a common human nature?
What is this human nature like? Contrary to popular opinion, there is no good in it. Many listen to the sophistry of Satan, who says that there is good in everyone. I'm sorry, the reality is that we are all naturally selfish, naturally walking the path to death. The scripture makes that clear:
From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores
They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags
This condition of humanity does not need to drive us to discouragement or depression. Through true Bible religion, there can be a complete transformation in the life.
Let us now consider one common aspect of our human nature, and contrast this with the life of the man Jesus Christ.
Human nature likes to be noticed and receive attention from others. We would all admit it. Isn't it nice when we receive praise, flattery, accolades? It feeds our inner self, making us feel like we are good, we are worth something, we are valuable. Indeed our sense of worth and value very quickly becomes based on the opinions of people around us.
Naturally, we take every opportunity we can to put ourselves up. So people can see our talents, our abilities and what we have accomplished.
This is human nature 101. Whether conscious or subconscious, Pride and self, undoubtedly hold sway.
Now, let's contrast this to the loveliness we see in Christ's character.
We see Jesus, the divine Son of God, putting aside His divinity, and becoming a man. That, dear reader, is an incredible step of humility and sacrifice. However, we may struggle to even get our mind around it. You and I have no idea what Jesus left to come to this earth...
Nevertheless, He came. He walked on this earth. The creator, became like the created. His whole life was devoted to unselfish acts. He did not one, single selfish thing. He lived, and died a man despised and seemingly rejected by all.
We could draw many lessons of modesty and humility from Christ's life, but now... let us turn out attention to after Christ rose from the dead.
I believe this verse to be the greatest demonstration of modesty...
And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
Did you get what Jesus just said. This is a prophecy of Jesus, after His resurrection. He has wounds, or scars in His hands. Someone comes and asks what the wounds were. Yes, friends, there will be people in heaven who never knew that Jesus was crucified. There will be people who lived up to all the light and knowledge that they had, who had little opportunity to know the man Jesus.
They see the scars in His hands, and innocently ask Him why?
What is the response? Does Jesus explain how He came to this earth as a sacrifice, how He suffered, bled and was rejected by the people He came to save? Does he describe the agony in Gethsemane? Does he tell about the cruel trial, the mocking, the whipping? Does He tell about the crown of thorns place on His head? Does he recount with harrowing detail, the road to Golgotha, the place of the skull? Does He tell what it felt like to be nailed to a wooden cross?
No, no.... Though He is the creator, king, saviour... He does not seek to boast of His accomplishments. So tenderly, unassumingly and meekly does He answer.... simply... "Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends"
This, dear reader, is ultimate modesty. Ultimate love. Jesus does not brag of what He did, or paint Himself in a light to get sympathy.
Simply put, modesty is to not show off what you have.
We may show off our talents, our possessions, our money, our strength, our beauty. We may seek to get others attention this way. We may recount past experiences in order to draw on the sympathies of others.... But, let us remember the meekness and modesty of Christ.
The verse in Zechariah, reveals another profound truth.
Christ considered us His friends, even when we were His enemies. He calls this earth, "the house of my friends".
He cares. He cares about us. He cares about this world. This world is the house of His friends. Despite there being so many here that have and are rejecting Him.
Dear reader, let us love this man. He is not only a man, He is divine. Let us allow Him to dwell in us, and live out His life in us. Let us walk with Christ from day to day, so His character can be revealed in us. Let us behold Him until... His modesty, becomes ours.