In Zechariah 9:9, we find the foretelling of how the “King of Zion” will arrive, “lowly (humble) and riding on a donkey.” We point to the New Testament Christmas text to confirm this prophetic verse. But humility is not only found in the physical manner of this worldly entrance, but in the fact that when the Son came to earth, he gave up His privileges of God to become one of us. He made himself “nothing” as a servant, and even “to the point of death” He humbled himself. Humility.
So what is the application to us? It’s huge! When we look at Paul’s letter to the Philippians, we pick up the call to be humble; chapter 2, verses 1-5 follows:
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus
In other words, if you find any encouragement or comfort from your relationship with Christ, then you / I should desire to be of the same mindset of Christ when we deal with others. In our humility, the same humility shown by Christ from birth to death, we are to love others even more than we love ourselves. This might require we set aside certain privileges that we otherwise might have. It might also require that we make ourselves a servant in order to serve others.
As we move into this new year, may we be more humble and may we forever see the humility of Christ when we look to that lowly Bethlehem stable.