Sermon:
Rev. George R. Dillahunty
685 Grant Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452-3047

January 13, 2011

Text: Job 42:3 (King James Version)

"Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? Therefore have I uttered that I understand not
things too wonderful for me, which I knew not."

Topic: The Virtue Of Humbleness!

Apart from selfless love, there is no virtue more Christian than humility - than being humble! Everything Jesus, the Christ, accomplished for us - for you and for me - as the Son of Almighty God - flowed from His humility - His humbleness!

The Apostle Paul tells the church at Philippi and us, in Philippians 2:5-11 (NLT): "Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. (v. 6) Though He was God, He did not demand and cling to His rights as God. (v. 7) He made Himself appear as nothing; He took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. (v. 8) And in human form, He obediently humbled Himself even further by dying a criminalís death on a cross. (v. 9) Because of this, God raised Him up to the heights of Heaven and gave Him a Name that is above every other name. (v. 10) So that at the Name of Jesus every knee will bow, in Heaven and on earth and under the earth, (v. 11) and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

Pride is a rock that is not easily broken! Someone once described the process of sefl-examination as being compared to that of peeling an onion - in that the exposure of each new layer brings a fresh set of tears! One of the benefits of suffering is that it uncovers and unwraps layers of inner pride, independence, arrogance, self-will, self-centeredness; and, selfishness that can be exposed in no other way!

It is only through hopeless brokeness that the amazingly beautiful and liberating virtue called "humilty" bursts forth! Just think about what Jesus, the Christ, did: He willingly let go of more than anyone can possibly imagine! He endured the humility of no longer having access to infinite riches; but, instead, became totally dependent on others! No one ever experienced the level of humility that Jesus, the Christ, willingly endured! He experienced what it means to leave a glorious dwelling in a breathtakingly beautiful place in order to take up residence in a borrowed stable! He voluntarily experienced the frustration of no longer being able to walk or to feed Himself, because 2,000-plus years ago, He chose to become a helpless baby lying in a manger!

Instead of being treated as Almighty God, He became a member of a despised nation of slaves - the people of Israel - with a young virgin Jewish girl for a mother and a Jewish carpenter for a step-father! He was no longer served by legions of Angels; but, instead, became the servant of all! Rather than closely associating with mighty Angels, His new companions were those who were hurting - those who were helpess - and, those who were broken! Instead of being worshipped as Almighty God, He