Evening, June 3, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“He humbled himself.” — Philippians 2:8
Jesus is the great teacher of meekness of heart. We need to learn from him daily. See the Master taking a towel and washing his disciples’ feet! Follower of Christ, will you not humble yourself? See him as the Servant of servants, and surely you cannot be proud! Is not this the summary of his biography: “He humbled himself?” On earth was he not always stripping off first one robe of honor and then another, until, naked, he was fastened to the cross, and when there did he not empty out his inmost self, pouring out his life-blood, giving up for all of us, until they laid him penniless in a borrowed grave? How low was our dear Redeemer brought! How then can we be proud? Stand at the foot of the cross, and count the purple drops by which you have been cleansed; see the crown of thorns; note his scourged shoulders, still gushing with crimson streams; see his hands and feet given up to the rough iron, and his whole being to mockery and scorn; see the bitterness, and the pangs, and the throes of inward grief, showing themselves in his outward frame; hear the terrible shriek, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And if you do not lie prostrate on the ground before that cross, you have never seen it: if you are not humbled in the presence of Jesus, you do not know him. You were so lost that nothing could save you but the sacrifice of God’s only begotten son. Think of that, and as Jesus stooped for you, bow yourself in humility at his feet. A sense of Christ’s amazing love to us has a greater tendency to humble us than even a consciousness of our own guilt. May the Lord bring us in contemplation to Calvary; then our position will no longer be that of the self-important man of pride, but we shall take the humble place of one who loves much because much has been forgiven him. Pride cannot live beneath the cross. Let us sit there and learn our lesson, and then rise and carry it into practice.