337: Zechariah 9:9e

365 Prophecies: Prophecy 337

The Messiah will come “lowly” (humbly).

Old Testament Prediction:

Zechariah 9:9e Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Application:

It is a fact that all of the other “so-called” gods are very prideful, arrogant, demanding, and intolerant of human frailties.

One of the most attractive qualities of Jesus is His humility. Though He is described by the Bible as being the eternal God who fashioned the universe, He came to us under the most humble and destitute of conditions. The deep compassion and care that He exercised in dealing with sinners, the sick, the outcast, the lost, and the broken, speak volumes for who He is.

I personally find that His gentle and humble character makes Him undeniably identifiable as the most incredible being the world has ever known.

Jesus voluntarily left His glory, power, and dominion behind, when He submitted His life as a sacrifice for our sins. He took upon Himself the unimaginable horrors of sin and death that should never have been a part of His life as the eternal God.

He allowed evil men to torture and brutalize Him, and take away even the smallest portion of human dignity that remained. He hung naked before the world as those who sneered and mocked Him, also taunted Him to come down from the cross—knowing not that His suffering was paying for the evil whereby they were assaulting Him.

He loves us all so much; He could do nothing else.

Love and humility are the two qualities of Jesus’ character that are perfected in Him. The ability to know in advance that many of the people He was dying to save would never turn and thank Him. He cared not for His own life or reputation. He was concerned only for the glory of the Father and the debt that we owed. He poured out His life unto death and held back nothing from us then, and forever.

I have included eight additional prophecies that speak of the humility of the Messiah and His amazing attitude of service to the Father for all of us.

Prophecy 65

Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ 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.

The second part of Philippians 2:10 states that because Jesus humbled Himself to the point of death on the Cross for all of us, that God has now highly exalted Him and given Him the name above all other names. When Jesus returns to the earth the second time, it will not be as a Lamb; He will be returning as a Lion.

Prophecy 67

The Messiah will humble Himself in order to become the servant of man, even unto death.

Old Testament Prediction:

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 means “You have made him less than God for a short time…”

Prophecy 202

The character of the Messiah will be meekness and gentleness.

Old Testament Prediction:

Isaiah 42:2 He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Isaiah said that the Messiah will not cry out, nor raise His voice. This is an indication that He will be of meek and humble character, gentle and not ostentatious.

For many, it is Jesus’ humility, gentleness, and overwhelming love, that draws people to Him. The religious leaders of Jerusalem were very prideful men, who treated people as their servants. Jesus spoke to people as if He genuinely cared for them. His words and commanding presence disarmed even the most obstinate and callous. He led by serving. All He had, He gave, until there was nothing left to give.

Instead of heaping burdens on His followers as all other religious leaders had done, Jesus was set on lightening or removing the loads that people carry.

Prophecy 215

From His conception in the womb, the Messiah was called to be the “Servant of the Lord.”

Old Testament Prediction:

Isaiah 49:5 “And now the LORD says, Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant…”

New Testament Fulfillment:

John 17:4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.

It is a paradox of the Bible that the One who spoke the universe into existence would be willing to come to earth and lay down His life for us.

The character of Jesus as a servant sets Him apart from every other person who has claimed to be a religious or spiritual leader. In Greek mythology, it is inconceivable that Zeus, Apollo, or any other Greek God would lower himself to be a servant of the beings they created. Jesus is described by the Bible as the Creator of all things, yet He came to earth and took the body of a man so that He could offer up that body as a sacrifice for the sins of all men. The humiliation, the mental and physical torture and unimaginable horrors that Jesus experienced while completing the process of our salvation, is beyond comprehension.

Prophecy 228

The Messiah shall have a unique position with God as “His Son” while also acting as “His Servant,” when He makes His life an offering for sin.

Old Testament Prediction:

Isaiah 52:13a Behold, My Servant…

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 17:5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”

It is nearly impossible for any man to make himself the servant of another man in complete humility and sincerity. There is a flawed character in fallen man that is constantly seeking to be exalted and magnified above other men. The Biblical example of leadership in which the New Testament espouses, uses the example of Jesus Christ as a basis for what a servant of God should exemplify.

To become a true servant of others is the highest form of leadership that the Old Testament prophecies ascribe to the Messiah’s purpose. Although Jesus is portrayed as being God Himself and the creator of all that exists, He offers Himself as a servant to the creation that He made.

There is no other man who has displayed this character of true humility in submission to others, as a servant—more than Jesus Christ. He did this not only to set an example for us to follow, but also to bring much glory to the Father, who allowed His only Son to be tortured and abused for the sake of all men. In doing this and by allowing it to happen, Jesus has proven His unique qualification to be the one true judge and ruler of all men in the kingdom of God that is to come.

Matthew 20:25-28 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Anyone who sincerely seeks to be a Christian leader must be willing to be a “servant leader,” as Jesus became for us. Jesus’ greatness and uniqueness among all others is prominent as He became a genuine servant in the purest sense of the word. He came to lay down His life as a sacrifice for sins that He did not commit. There is no greater example of love in serving someone than to be willing to die for those who are the objects of your love.

Prophecy 229

Through the Messiah’s humility in offering His life for the sins of all men, He shall be exalted and given a name that is above every other name.

Old Testament Prediction:

Isaiah 52:13b Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.

The example that Jesus set in being a true humble servant of God is exemplified in the manner in which He submitted His life to God for the benefit of all men. Though He is Himself God, Jesus set aside some of His glory, power, omniscience, rights and privileges to lay down His life as a sacrifice for us.

Some have concluded that because Jesus submitted Himself to God, calling Him “My Father” and “My God,” He was stating that He is not God Himself. This is of course absurd, as the prophecies of the Old Testament are clear that when the Messiah came to earth, He would be God and offer His life as a servant. See the chapter: The Messiah Will be God.

In Prophecy 201, the Messiah will make Himself the servant of the Father in order to lay His life down for those He will redeem. He will be gentle, patient, and fail not to complete the work the Father has given Him to do.

Prophecy 234

The Messiah will come from an unlikely source: a poor family from Bethlehem and Nazareth to a nation formerly thought to be “dry ground” and “unfruitful.”

Old Testament Prediction:

Isaiah 53:2a For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Luke 2:4-7 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

The idea that the King of kings would be born to a poor family, in the most unlikely of towns, to a nation which had only a distant memory of glory, is unthinkable. Yet, these were the circumstances that God chose to announce the birth of His Son to the world. The Messiah coming “as a root out of dry ground” speaks of the conditions of Israel during time Jesus was born. By the time that the Romans have banished Israel’s right to rule themselves, the family and line of David were no longer princes and kings; they were beggars.

Many Bible critics claim that the story of Jesus Christ is a contrived myth made up by men in the first century. What storyteller, who desired to make his account popular, would choose the background that the writers of the New Testament chose for Jesus Christ?

Those who would read that Jesus was from Nazareth, a town hated and despised for their Roman occupation, would be repelled by this fact. Second, He was born into a poor family by supposed illegitimate circumstances. If all these things were really true, who, upon hearing this story, would ever be willing to receive Jesus? It was the purpose of God to choose those who were poor and despised, to bring about the arrival of His Son.

What if God, wanting to show the world that He was accessible to even the most destitute and forgotten person, chose these conditions for the purpose of allowing the greatest percentage of the population who were poor, the ability to identify with the Savior. If Jesus was born into lavish luxury, those who are among the world’s poor would not likely be comfortable coming to Him.

Prophecy 263

The Messiah shall be “the servant of God,” as He submits Himself to God for man’s salvation.

Old Testament Prediction:

Isaiah 53:11b He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ 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.

Romans 5:18-19 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

A confusing aspect of Jesus’ Sacrifice for many people was His submission to the Father as a servant. Although Jesus is spoken of as being equal to God in every regard—when He came to earth as the Messiah, He set aside some of His rights as God to become the servant, that Isaiah 53 describes.

At no time did Jesus ever cease to be God while He was here on earth in the form of a man. He did, however, choose to make Himself of “no reputation and take the form of a servant” for our benefit. This is stunning when we consider who Jesus had been prior to His appearance on earth as our Savior. The Bible describes Jesus as the second member of the Godhead which spoke the universe into existence (Colossians 1:16-17). He has no beginning; and He is the one to whom all glory, honor, power, and dominion are ascribed to by the Bible. Coming in the form of a servant was not what Israel expected, and it is often a place of stumbling for many of the Jews today.

Jesus chose not to make His arrival on earth by great ostentation and opulence. By coming as the poorest among the poor, He could make Himself accessible to all people. By His example of humility, He showed us the correct example of how we should serve each other.

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