Sunday, March 11, 2018
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Series
“The Humility of the Cross”
The humility of Jesus Christ was totally unprecedented. It was an absolute reversal of the values of this world. ‘He humbled himself,’ the Scripture says, indicating a voluntary humility. Just as the Son of God emptied Himself and made Himself nothing (Philippians 2:7), so also he made Himself humble.
The humiliation of Jesus Christ was an act of willing condescension and voluntary self-renunciation. This superlative obedience demonstrated both the deity and the humanity of Jesus Christ. Death cannot be an act of obedience for mere human beings. Whether we willingly submit to death or not, we all must die. Only God the Son, as very God of very God, could submit Himself to death in an act of voluntary obedience.
At the same time, the obedience of Christ unto death demonstrated His humanity. Jesus could have chosen to exchange His humility back again for glory. But Jesus rejected that easy road. He rejected it because there could be no salvation from sin without atonement for sin. Jesus Christ chose to follow the via dolorosa (road of suffering) of the path of redemption. He was obedient unto death.View Past Summaries