The Humility of God

(audio sermon by Gary Sampson)

The birth of Jesus reveals a characteristic of God that we often don’t think about – the Almighty is humble!

Speakers notes follow –

The Humility of God

Luke 2.1-20

Ever impacted by person’s humility?

Mark Zuckerberg interview – if on a bus: think young guy hiking Kenya/Africa – staying in backpackers – T shirt, sneakers – spoke about how scary when Yahoo offered billion – management team left – don’t start a company to make money, start a service the community needs

Wimbers humility affected whole church movements – avoided attention tho strong healing ministry – showed anyone can do itopen about weaknesses ‘short fat man trying to get to heaven’ – dressed down – avoided titles – tho healed many, died from cancer

Do you find you’re drawn to the humble? Why? don’t actopen about weaknesses – encouraging us to be open – can get close – enjoy them  – laugh at themselves – receive correction – say I’m sorry

But I know someone who’s humility had greater effect – Jesus – crazy thing is that he is God!

Is the all powerful/all knowing is also humble? Yes, no?

Unbelievers ask “why do you always talk about Jesus, when we need to talk about God?’ – Because we know God thru Jesus – supreme revelation

God is humble – and he wants us to see it – and be humble too

Jesus is King of kings – kings born to royalty – important city – raised in palace – luxury room – best bed – choice food, wineride chariot/stallion – guard of honor – like presidents

But King of kings isn’t born into family of wealth – Joseph/Mary afforded poor sacrifice – not city of learning/culture like Rome, Athens – raised Nazareth – worst town of rural Galilee – “can anything good come for Nazareth?”

Birth of King of kings – no room at hostel born in smelly stable – no bed – cot a feeding trof – angels tell sheepherders “this is the sign“!

Why would God incarnate arrive in humble surroundings? Revealing who he is – not just great but humble – this is not Allah, its He who would come as a man

When older continues trend – befriends rejected – rides donkey (Probox) – washes feet – serving world – dies dishonoring death – crucifixion aimed at public shame

Almighty is humble – How you react? If you Peter arriving in heaven – seeing Jesus enthroned in glory – realized he washed your feet – what you do? – fall to knees – not worthy! – throw crown – Roman who drove nails – God not just worthy of worship because great – also because humble

Humility inspires humility

Woman was towns best violin player – on trip to another town sees a better player on pavement for coins – very humbling

People say ‘I am humbled’ when appointed/promoted – No they are proud – false humility – To be humbled is to be made small (as violin player)

“Humble yourself before he Lord and he will lift you up” – James 4.1O

When you’re invited to dinner, go and sit at the last place. Then when the host comes he may very well say, ‘Friend, come up to the front.’ – Luke 14.10 – weddings

God of universe practiced what he preached – Greatest became lowest to become greatest

‘Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that: a crucifixion. Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father’ – Phil 2. 5-11

Arent you glad that this is who you worship? This is Christmas – God gave himself – what a gift!

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