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The Humble Life of Jesus


Sermon shared by James Pless

April 2006
Summary: Jesus not only taught us humility, He showed us humility by His life.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
The Humble Life of Jesus

Matthew 8:20 (KJV)
20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.


1- One Solitary Life

Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office.

He never owned a home. He never set foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where He was born. He had no credentials but Himself.

While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves.

His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth while He was dying -- and that was His coat. When He was dead, He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone and today He is the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as that One Solitary Life.

by James A. Francis

2- Jesus not only taught us Humility, He showed us.

A- He taught us:

Matthew 18:4 (KJV)
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Luke 14:11 (KJV)
11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

B- He showed us.

a-- He washed the Disciples feet. John 13

b- He chose a humble life for Himself.

I- Jesus chose a stable to be born in.

Luke 2:7 (KJV)
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

1- He chose the stable where a Lamb would be born.

2- He chose not the palace where kings were born.

II- Jesus chose a Manger to lay in.

1- Mary laid Jesus in the Manger

Luke 2:7 (KJV)
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

2- Shepherds were to find Jesus in a Manger

Luke 2:12 (KJV)
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

3- Jesusís birth was a humble birth

A- He chose not to be born in the Palace.

B- He chose not to be born among the rich.

C- He chose to be born among the poor.

D- He chose the Manger for his bed.

III- Jesus chose a Donkey to ride on.

1- Jesus rides the Donkey into Jerusalem

Matthew 21:1-11

1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage,
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