Summary: Christ is our ultimate example for humility as He emptied Himself out as He took on the form of a servant....
Christ, Our Example: Humility
August 7, 2011 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: Jesus is our example in humility; we must strive to be like him.
Focus Passage: Philippians 2:5-11
Supplemental Passage: "If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. "For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. "Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. (John 13:14-16 NASB)
Introduction: At a reception honoring musician Sir Robert Mayer on his 100th birthday, elderly British socialite Lady Diana Cooper fell into conversation with a friendly woman who seemed to know her well. Lady Diana's failing eyesight prevented her from recognizing her fellow guest, until she peered more closely at the magnificent diamonds and realized she was talking to Queen Elizabeth! Overcome with embarrassment, Lady Diana curtsied and stammered, "Ma'am, oh, ma'am, I'm sorry ma'am. I didn't recognize you without your crown!" "It was so much Sir Robert's evening," the queen replied, "that I decided to leave it behind." Today in the Word, April 3, 1992.
I. Humility in birth
a. who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, â€¦ and being made in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:6-7 NASB)
b. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7 NASB)
II. Humility in life
a. but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient ... (Philippians 2:7-8 NASB)
b. "Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? (Matthew 13:55 NASB)
c. Jesus *said to him, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." (Matthew 8:20 NASB)
d. Jesus, â€¦ got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself. Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. (John 13:3-5 NASB)
III. Humility in death
a. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:8 NASB)
b. "Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? (Matthew 26:53 NASB)
c. â€¦but after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole Roman cohort around Him. They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" They spat on Him, and took the reed and began to beat Him on the head. (Matthew 27:26-30 NASB)
d. and they began to come up to Him and say, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and to give Him slaps in the face. (John 19:3 NASB)
e. And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves by casting lots. (Matthew 27:35 NASB)
f. Those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads, and saying, "Ha! You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself, and come down from the cross!" (Mark 15:29-30 NASB)
Invitation: If Jesus left Heaven to become a man, and ended up serving men while He was on the Earth doing His Act of Redemption, how much, then, should we, too, humble ourselves and serve one another?