In the world we live in, humility isn't always something that is valued by others. People tend to feed on their own accomplishments basing their self-worth on what they perceive to be their worldly accomplishment. This is not a new concept, but necessary to highlight one of the biggest hinderances to encountering the Presence of Jesus in our lives, self-reliance/self-accomplishment (pride).
When we hear/see the phrase The Lamb that was slain, most people who have at least some familiarity with Jesus instantly relate this to Jesus, the Lamb that was slain for the sin of the world. Do we truly understand the significance of this phrase and declaration? In John 1:29, John the Baptist proclaims, "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world."
Why is this so significant?
Let's start with one of the greatest falls from glory recorded in the Bible.
How does an angel who has the favor of God, was created to be the most beautiful angel of all, and put in charge of all the angelic host (one of the most important roles in heaven) come to the place of choosing in his heart to rebel against God?
The Bible gives us this information about the devil before his fall.
The name Lucifer means “star of the morning.” He Held a high-ranking position in the angelic host. Had exquisite beauty and great wisdom. Given a position of great power and influence. Called “the guardian cherub.”
... “You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared.
14 You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.
15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you.
This is quite the resumé. At one point lucifer was in command of the entire angelic host and was the most admired and beautiful being only second to God Himself. Continuing with lucifer's fall...
16 In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you,[e] O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you.
18 By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade you profaned your sanctuaries; so I brought fire out from your midst; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all who saw you.
19 All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever.”
Lucifer fell from one of the highest places in heaven to the lowest of low, the place of greatest condemnation.
Have you ever wondered what thought process could have seeded in lucifer to start embracing pride and arrogance in his own beauty and splendor?
I obviously do not claim to be an expert on this specific matter by any means, and I could be missing something in my interpretation of events. Based on what I feel God has shown me, I believe Lucifer saw the humility of God as weakness.
With all of the power and beauty given to him, I believe he arrived at a place where he could not understand why he couldn't yield that power to his own benefit and his own glory. So, he, against God's command and will, decided to start using his infleunce, beauty, power, and position to gather glory for himself. He labored to make himself even more admired, followed, and even worshipped. A third of the angelic host decided to follow lucifer.
As lucifer caused this great schism in the angelic host, I imagine he would have started to use what I would call "angelic mob" tactics and violence to get his way. However, the other two-thirds of the angelic host loyal to God, must have begun to start resisting lucifer's attempt to deify himself. The ensuing battle is probably what prompted God to cast him and his followers down to the earth where He has imprisoned them during this current age.
What is the point of all of this? Lucifer even with all the wisdom imparted to him, had no understanding of why Jesus was worthy to sit on the Throne that he sought and thought he deserved. To him Jesus looked weak. He had no understanding how anyone with such power and majesty would even need humility to wield the Throne of heaven.
God could very well seat Himself on the Throne of heaven with his great power and might, and completely captivate worshippers simply by His beauty. To lucifer, there was no reason to "coddle" to the will of others and include them in the major governmental decisions of heaven when you could simply lay the law down. So lucifer, in his pride, thinking he knew better then God, decided to start governing the affairs of heaven the way he thought was better and would suit his interests to rule. I believe this was the moment that started his downfall.
Let's jump back to Jesus.
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
Revelation 5 should have new meaning now. Why was Jesus worthy to open the scroll? He was the most humble of all. Nobody else was worthy, not even one. In heaven the qualifications to rule is that you must become the servant of all (refer to Matthew 20:1-16 and below).
25 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Your life must be a life that joyfully serves the interests of others, even at your own expense. Jesus isn't worthy of all praise and honor because He is the most powerful, the most majestic, or even the most beautiful. He is worthy of all honor, praise, and glory because He is the Lamb of God, the Lamb that was slain for all. The most humble among all. There is nobody like Him. There is nobody more deserving of honor and praise. He is and always will be the most humble of all. He will always be the most worthy to rule and to have dominion over all.
To conclude this blog post, I would encourage you, if you want to be humble like Jesus, the way to do it is to hang out with the most humble of all, Jesus. Ask Him what He thinks regularly, ask Him to always be present no matter what you are doing. There is no better way to learn humility then to be with humility personified, Jesus. As you are with Him, over time you will find yourself thinking like Him, acting like Him, and even having humility like Him. Jesus isn't interested in you making yourself humble. He is most interested in you just being with Him and you being imprinted with Who He is.
I am incredibly grateful for the humility of Jesus. When you first experience it, no matter what you think you know about the humility of Jesus, you come to a place of utter awe. It is the kind of awe where you can't help but bow before Him, realizing He is so much better then you could have ever imagined. You begin to understand why the angels, the elders, and the saints worship Him around the Throne. When you come to the revelation of His humility, something happens in Your heart where you are much more willing to trust Him with the things in your heart you were previously unwilling to trust Him with. You will give up your pride when you encounter His indescribable humility. You can't help but be humble when you are With the most humble of all, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus.