The Christ of Christmas: the Humility of Christ

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Philippians 2:8 “And being found in fashion
as a man, he humbled himself, and became
obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Christmas is an occasion for us to celebrate
how Jesus Christ, Who is God, was born as a
man so that He could die for our sins. Jesus had
to humble Himself to become a man. He “made
himself of no reputation and took upon him the
form of a servant.”
But Jesus could have become any kind of
man. He could have become a great king, a
wealthy businessman, or a powerful military
leader. He chose to become the humblest kind
of a man instead. He chose to become a servant
and was born into a carpenter’s home.
Jesus’ humility does not stop there. He
humbled Himself even further by consenting to
die on the cross for the sins of the world.
Execution on a cross was one of the most
humiliating forms of death that depraved man
has ever invented. He hung on a cross for all to
see, shake their heads, and mock him.
Why did Jesus submit to so much humiliation?
He did it for you and me. By humbling Himself and
dying on the cross, Jesus paid the penalty for our
sin so that we might be saved. All we must do to
receive the salvation that Jesus offers is humble
ourselves and accept the free gift of forgiveness by