A number of years ago I was scheduled to speak at a Christmas celebration. As I contemplated on what to say, the Lord directed my attention to the amazing humility God displayed at the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ.

As I thought on the humble circumstances and humble people God used at this climacteric event in the history of mankind, the event that would forever after ...make a radical impact upon the world, something happened to me. All I can say is that the Christmas story will never be the same for me again. I was spiritually shaken as I realized the high estimation God places on a subject on which the world places little importance—humility.

He came from Nazareth. John 1:46, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth”?

He was born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2, “Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel.”

His earthly father was a carpenter. Matthew 13:55, “Is not this the carpenter’s son?”

His mother was of “low estate.” Luke 1:48, “For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.”

He was born in a manger because “there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). Pride has never had room for humility and never will!

The humble shepherds were alerted to the occasion of  "Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people” (Luke 2:8-17). God did not reveal this shattering news to the proud religious leaders.

The wise men from the East came saying, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:1-2). Where were the wise men of Israel? Too full of pride!

What a statement God made at the birth of His son. His everlasting kingdom will be forever established on the foundation of humility. The big question we must ask ourselves at this time is: am I a humble man in God’s eyes?

Be encouraged. Colin.

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