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We all know the “story” of Christmas: the historical

facts, the biblical characters, the marvelous miracles and pastoral imagery. We repeat the story for the next generation, and they prayerfully embrace the sacred significance of “God dwelling amongst us.” But as the frantic pace of December celebrations gives way to January’s “reality”, the message often fades into obscurity for another twelve months. And our hopes dim in the face of the day-to-day monotony of life. Where is the message of Christmas then? If we truly believe the Incarnation of God…that He became man and dwelt amongst us…then the application surely should continue well beyond a Christmas season. Is there a message for today, an application for “here and now” that we can hear and hold throughout the year? I believe there is. It is a message that is not particularly popular…and therefore all the more needful.

Let this mind be in you

Which was in Christ Jesus, Who, being in the form of God, Did not think it something To be grasped onto To be equal with God, But made Himself of no reputation, Taking the form of a bondservant, Coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance As a man, He humbled Himself And became obedient to death, Even the death of the cross. Phil 2.5 Christ’s model of Humility is there for all Christians to embrace. It is not some lofty ideal to be obtained in our final years of physical frailty. Rather it is a reality to be lived here and now in the prime of our life. Humility is for today…for this generation. Perhaps more than ever before.

Humility is not weak. The humility of Christ is a mighty weapon of spiritual warfare. By Christ’s Humility, Herod’s hideousness was exposed, Pilate’s pride was pierced, the Pharisees’ phoniness confronted and rebellious hearts made repentant. Humility commands a reaction…a response… especially from the unrighteous. Humility is a spirit of Deference. It’s foundation is Submission, rather than Authority. It rendered Jesus insignificant in the popular events of Bethlehem that first Christmas day. Yet His unpretentious arrival heralded the unfolding of mankind’s very Redemption from sin, self and death. If we are to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, then we will be called to equally embrace Humiliating circumstances.

The birth of our Savior presents a picture of Contrasts. Born into a nation of glorious religious heritage, the newborn “King” was relegated to a backyard barn. God the Father knew that in advance. And yet He sent His Son to endure the humiliation. Jesus knew that in advance. Yet He released His glory and grasped the Calling…to save and to serve…the undeserving, the ungrateful, the unrepentant. The Word of God most clearly proclaims the magnanimous mind of Christ…the model for us to embrace…

Jesus embraced Humility. Mary followed in His footsteps... unmarried and yet pregnant. Joseph followed in His footsteps… willingly embracing her scandalous circumstances and marrying her. The shepherds followed in His footsteps…approaching the Newborn King with nothing to offer but homage. The wise men followed in His footsteps…enduring a seemingly endless journey of faith…to prostrate before an unknown Infant in an animal stall.

Be Submissive to one another, And be clothed with Humility, For God resists the proud, But gives grace to the Humble. Therefore, Humble yourselves Under the mighty hand of God…” 1 Pt 5.5 The Humility of Christ…is walked out in the midst of Humiliating circumstances. It may not demand our birth in a manger…but as we pray for that Godly Character, God will provide the circumstances to exercise Humility. It may be the Humility to put a Manger scene on our front yard. It may be the Humility to refuse a position or promotion that compromises our witness as Christians. It may be Humility to continue in unemployment with no prospects in sight. It may be the Humility of rejection from a spouse or child. It may be the Humility to serve someone you don’t agree with…or even like. God knows in advance the story, the witness, the test, the challenge for each of us…let’s open His Gift of Humility that He offers this Christmas season…

We live in a generation where sin is applauded. Immorality is esteemed. Vulgarity is irrelevant. Luxury is no longer a vice. And pride is proclaimed a virtue. There is only one answer for “such a time as this”. There is still one sobering solution that stops the heart of sinful man. There remains one witness that even the hardest heart must heed. That witness is the Humble birth of Jesus Christ. The Humble witness of Christ was manifest for all on Christmas day. His Humility required a response by others that day: from Mary and Joseph, from the shepherds, from the wise men…even from Herod. Some chose to follow in His steps. Some were repulsed by the thought of a life of poverty, service and suffering. The Humility of the Infant Christ equally requires a response today. First and foremost within ourselves. A reasonable response to be taken into the New Year, and carried throughout. A response to be Humble for righteous reasons. A willingness to embrace all the awkwardness that Virtue brings forth in “real life”.

“Yes, all of you

Humility was the wondrous witness of the First Christmas. It was placed before us by the Almighty Father much like a present on Christmas morning. The infant Jesus…wrapped not just in swaddling clothes…but wrapped in Humility. There for us to gaze upon, to grasp, to open and to place upon ourselves… for His exaltation and glory.

We see this daily in the ministry of God’s Word in the slums of Nairobi. Bishops, pastors and ministry leaders humbling themselves further than their already Humiliating circumstances demand. It is Humiliating enough never to have access to a toilet, never to have owned a toothbrush, never to bathe in privacy. Yet the Pastors of the Least take their witness of Christ’s Humility deeper and further. Walking miles to Bible School in the early morning darkness, in hard soled shoes so as to “wear my best for Jesus”. Submitting to Bible School homework and tests in spite of their semi-literacy, so as to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Sacrificing a full day’s pay in order to continue studying in a school that provides the undiluted Word of God…but can never provide them with a worldly Diploma or Degree…and the accolades of mankind. These steps of Humility in our midst are a constant conviction…and admonition.

…and make this a Christmas and New Year that follow forever in His Humble steps.


We all know the “story” of Christmas: the historical

facts, the biblical characters, the marvelous miracles and pastoral imagery. We repeat the story for the next generation, and they prayerfully embrace the sacred significance of “God dwelling amongst us.” But as the frantic pace of December celebrations gives way to January’s “reality”, the message often fades into obscurity for another twelve months. And our hopes dim in the face of the day-to-day monotony of life. Where is the message of Christmas then? If we truly believe the Incarnation of God…that He became man and dwelt amongst us…then the application surely should continue well beyond a Christmas season. Is there a message for today, an application for “here and now” that we can hear and hold throughout the year? I believe there is. It is a message that is not particularly popular…and therefore all the more needful.

Let this mind be in you

Which was in Christ Jesus, Who, being in the form of God, Did not think it something To be grasped onto To be equal with God, But made Himself of no reputation, Taking the form of a bondservant, Coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance As a man, He humbled Himself And became obedient to death, Even the death of the cross. Phil 2.5 Christ’s model of Humility is there for all Christians to embrace. It is not some lofty ideal to be obtained in our final years of physical frailty. Rather it is a reality to be lived here and now in the prime of our life. Humility is for today…for this generation. Perhaps more than ever before.

Humility is not weak. The humility of Christ is a mighty weapon of spiritual warfare. By Christ’s Humility, Herod’s hideousness was exposed, Pilate’s pride was pierced, the Pharisees’ phoniness confronted and rebellious hearts made repentant. Humility commands a reaction…a response… especially from the unrighteous. Humility is a spirit of Deference. It’s foundation is Submission, rather than Authority. It rendered Jesus insignificant in the popular events of Bethlehem that first Christmas day. Yet His unpretentious arrival heralded the unfolding of mankind’s very Redemption from sin, self and death. If we are to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, then we will be called to equally embrace Humiliating circumstances.

The birth of our Savior presents a picture of Contrasts. Born into a nation of glorious religious heritage, the newborn “King” was relegated to a backyard barn. God the Father knew that in advance. And yet He sent His Son to endure the humiliation. Jesus knew that in advance. Yet He released His glory and grasped the Calling…to save and to serve…the undeserving, the ungrateful, the unrepentant. The Word of God most clearly proclaims the magnanimous mind of Christ…the model for us to embrace…

Jesus embraced Humility. Mary followed in His footsteps... unmarried and yet pregnant. Joseph followed in His footsteps… willingly embracing her scandalous circumstances and marrying her. The shepherds followed in His footsteps…approaching the Newborn King with nothing to offer but homage. The wise men followed in His footsteps…enduring a seemingly endless journey of faith…to prostrate before an unknown Infant in an animal stall.

Be Submissive to one another, And be clothed with Humility, For God resists the proud, But gives grace to the Humble. Therefore, Humble yourselves Under the mighty hand of God…” 1 Pt 5.5 The Humility of Christ…is walked out in the midst of Humiliating circumstances. It may not demand our birth in a manger…but as we pray for that Godly Character, God will provide the circumstances to exercise Humility. It may be the Humility to put a Manger scene on our front yard. It may be the Humility to refuse a position or promotion that compromises our witness as Christians. It may be Humility to continue in unemployment with no prospects in sight. It may be the Humility of rejection from a spouse or child. It may be the Humility to serve someone you don’t agree with…or even like. God knows in advance the story, the witness, the test, the challenge for each of us…let’s open His Gift of Humility that He offers this Christmas season…

We live in a generation where sin is applauded. Immorality is esteemed. Vulgarity is irrelevant. Luxury is no longer a vice. And pride is proclaimed a virtue. There is only one answer for “such a time as this”. There is still one sobering solution that stops the heart of sinful man. There remains one witness that even the hardest heart must heed. That witness is the Humble birth of Jesus Christ. The Humble witness of Christ was manifest for all on Christmas day. His Humility required a response by others that day: from Mary and Joseph, from the shepherds, from the wise men…even from Herod. Some chose to follow in His steps. Some were repulsed by the thought of a life of poverty, service and suffering. The Humility of the Infant Christ equally requires a response today. First and foremost within ourselves. A reasonable response to be taken into the New Year, and carried throughout. A response to be Humble for righteous reasons. A willingness to embrace all the awkwardness that Virtue brings forth in “real life”.

“Yes, all of you

Humility was the wondrous witness of the First Christmas. It was placed before us by the Almighty Father much like a present on Christmas morning. The infant Jesus…wrapped not just in swaddling clothes…but wrapped in Humility. There for us to gaze upon, to grasp, to open and to place upon ourselves… for His exaltation and glory.

We see this daily in the ministry of God’s Word in the slums of Nairobi. Bishops, pastors and ministry leaders humbling themselves further than their already Humiliating circumstances demand. It is Humiliating enough never to have access to a toilet, never to have owned a toothbrush, never to bathe in privacy. Yet the Pastors of the Least take their witness of Christ’s Humility deeper and further. Walking miles to Bible School in the early morning darkness, in hard soled shoes so as to “wear my best for Jesus”. Submitting to Bible School homework and tests in spite of their semi-literacy, so as to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Sacrificing a full day’s pay in order to continue studying in a school that provides the undiluted Word of God…but can never provide them with a worldly Diploma or Degree…and the accolades of mankind. These steps of Humility in our midst are a constant conviction…and admonition.

…and make this a Christmas and New Year that follow forever in His Humble steps.


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