Humble

An abiding principle of humility, is the fact that—as soon as any person thinks they are humble, they have suffered its loss. Humility is not a quality that can be sought after; it comes from the heart. A person of humility is not someone who is weak, meek, or powerless. A humble person is not someone who doesn’t think too highly of themselves, they just don’t think about themselves at all.

In the chapter: “Coming Humbly,” we see how Jesus did not regard His rights and privileges as God—as something to be held on to, but chose to set aside His glory as the eternal God and submit Himself to death, for us.

The next prophecy of Psalm 8:5-6 is clearly written for the Messiah, as supported by the statements of Paul in the New Testament, who applied this verse of scripture to Jesus.

Psalms 8:5-6 “For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet…”

—Literally in the Hebrew language: vattechasserchu meat meelohim, “You have made him less than God for a short time”

New Testament Fulfillment:

Hebrews 2:5-9 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. 6 But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? 7 You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands. 8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

Philippians 2:6-8 (Jesus) “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

Hebrews 12:2 “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

1 Peter 3:22 (Jesus) “who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.”

1 Corinthians 15:24-28 “Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For ‘He has put all things under His feet.’ But when He says ‘all things are put under Him,’ it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.”

Humble King

It is clear from Hebrews 2:5-9, that Paul believed this verse from Psalm 8:5-6 is applicable to Jesus. Paul attributes the submission of Jesus to the Father, for our benefit, as the fulfillment of this prophecy. This tells us that Paul believed Psalm 8:5-6 is Messianic and specifically written for Jesus.

Although the Messiah is the eternal God, when He takes the body of a man, He will voluntarily humble Himself in order to complete our salvation. As a result of His obedience, the Messiah and all those who have trusted in Him, will be resurrected from the dead, into life eternal.

1 Corinthians 15:2o-24 “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.”

The concept that God would become a human being is difficult enough to grasp; added to this impossibility are the details of this prophecy; that God would humble Himself and die for the very beings He created.

If we would sit in a quiet place and contemplate the visual images of the torture which Jesus endured, while considering that the one we are observing is the Eternal God, we should be deeply moved. Contemplating that God has come to us in the form of a man, humbly allowing evil men to torture and butcher Him; this is undoubtably one of the greatest mysteries of the universe.

Let us presume that there is a Being who has the power and ability to speak the universe into existence as the Bible describes, how is is possible that He would permit malevolent men to savagely beat and crucify Him? If it had not been for the fact that this entire event was carefully and methodically recorded for us by the very people who saw these events take place, none of us would ever believe such a story.[1]

I suppose that this is one of the reasons that some people find the account of Jesus’ death and Resurrection, so hard to believe. It really is an amazing narrative, of extraordinary proportions. Many Christians have failed to consider the stunning reality of how Jesus lived, died, and then rose from the dead—because we have heard this story on so many occasions. We have grown used to hearing the story of the Lord’s torture, to the point where it no longer impacts us in the way that someone who is hearing it for the first time—would respond when such things are told to them.

From our vantage point as human beings, it is difficult to understand why God would be willing to become one of us, just so that we could viciously put Him to death. If the roles were reversed, most people would say that they would not give their life, or be willing to go through horrible torture and suffering, for anyone who has conducted themselves in the manner that we have, during our brief history upon the earth.

The real suffering that Jesus endured was not experienced during the six hours in which He hung in agony upon the cross. It was the mental and spiritual anguish that He felt as He was abandoned by God and forsaken, as He was made sin for us.

Mark 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

The Father turned away from the Son when He took all our sins upon Himself. Just as we cannot have fellowship with God because of our sin, the Father could no longer have fellowship with the Son when He became sin for us.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For He (the Father) made Him (the Son) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

None of us could possibly fathom what it was like for the Son of God to be separated from the Father when He died in our place. Imagine the unbroken love and fellowship, which had existed for countless eons, suddenly shattered because our sins were placed upon Jesus.

Jesus did this for us because of His great love. Even while we were still sinners, He was willing to die for us.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

The deep humility that Jesus displayed before the world, is a shining example of the kind of service and humble heart that each one of us should exhibit in our own lives. Jesus’ example of humility, in submitting His life to the Father on our behalf, is the fulfillment of this prophecy of from Psalms 8:5-6.


[1] See the chapter: Historical Evidence