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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 2036 Jesus Christ, humility of
2036 Jesus Christ, humility of

2036 Jesus Christ, humility of

The obedient submission of Jesus Christ to his Father, seen in his willingness to become a human being for humanity’s sake, his freedom from self-interest and his willingness to serve others.

Jesus Christ’s willingness to become a human being

Php 2:6-7 “human likeness” is not mere similarity to but identity with humanity. See also Ro 8:3; 2Co 8:9

Jesus Christ’s humility predicted in the OT

Mt 12:19-20; Isa 42:2-3; Isa 50:4-6 The suffering servant: Mt 8:17; Ac 8:32-33; Isa 53:2-7; 1Pe 2:22; Isa 53:9; 1Pe 2:24 The coming king: Mt 21:5 pp Jn 12:15; Zec 9:9
Zec 12:10 The shepherd struck: Mt 26:31 pp Mk 14:27; Zec 13:7

The poverty of Jesus Christ’s birth and upbringing

Lk 2:7,12,16,22-24 Only the poorest families offered doves or pigeons.

Jesus Christ’s obedience to his human parents

Lk 2:51

Jesus Christ’s obedience to his heavenly Father

Jn 5:30 See also Jn 8:29; Jn 15:10; Ro 5:19; Ro 15:3; Php 2:8; Heb 5:8

Jesus Christ’s dependence on his heavenly Father

Jn 5:19 See also Jn 5:30; Jn 17:7

Jesus Christ’s submission to baptism

Mt 3:13-15 pp Mk 1:9 pp Lk 3:21

Jesus Christ’s humble acceptance of ill treatment

1Pe 2:23 See also Mt 26:63 pp Mk 14:61; Mt 26:66-67 pp Mk 14:64-65; Mt 27:14 pp Mk 15:5; Mt 27:28-30 pp Mk 15:17-19 pp Jn 19:2

Jesus Christ’s acceptance of the cross

Php 2:8 See also Mt 26:39 pp Mk 14:36 pp Lk 22:42; Mt 26:53; Lk 23:34; Heb 5:7

Jesus Christ’s humility with other people

Children: Mt 19:13-15 pp Mk 10:13-16 pp Lk 18:15-17 Beggars: Mt 20:29-34 pp Mk 10:46-52 pp Lk 18:35-43
Mk 1:40-42 Leprosy sufferers; Jn 4:5-9 a Samaritan woman

Jesus Christ’s servant attitude

Mk 10:45 pp Mt 20:28 See also Mt 12:19-20; Jn 13:4-5,12; 2Co 10:1

Jesus Christ’s teaching about humility

Mk 9:33-37 pp Mt 18:1-5 pp Lk 9:46-48 See also Mt 23:8-12; Mk 10:42-45 pp Mt 20:26-28; Lk 14:7-11; Lk 18:9-14

Jesus Christ’s humility as a model for others

Jn 13:12-17 See also Mt 11:29-30; Eph 5:25; Php 2:5; 1Pe 2:21

See also

2057Christ, obedience
2315Christ as Lamb
2327Christ as servant
2570Christ, suffering
5564suffering of Christ
5959submission
8276humility

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