Pride cannot live beneath the cross!
"He humbled Himself." Philippians 2:8
Jesus is the great teacher of lowliness of heart. We need daily to learn of Him.
See the Master taking a basin and towel to wash His disciples feet!
Follower of Christ, will you not humble yourself?
See Him as the Servant of servants—and surely you cannot be proud!
Surely this sentence is the compendium of His biography: "He humbled Himself!"
While on earth, He was always stripping off first one robe of honor and then another—until He was fastened to the bloody tree. And there He emptied out His inmost self, pouring out His life-blood, giving up His all for 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 cruel cross, and count the purple drops by which you have been cleansed of your infinite sins! See the thorn-crown; mark His scourged shoulders, still gushing with encrimsoned rills. See His hands and feet given up to the rough iron, and His whole self to mockery and scorn. See the bitterness, and the pangs, and the throes of inward grief, showing themselves in His outward frame. Hear the horrid shriek: "My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me!"
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 the dying 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 lowliness 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—and then we will no longer think of ourselves with pompous pride. We shall then take the humble place of one who loves much, because much has been forgiven. Pride cannot live beneath the cross! Let us sit there and learn our lesson—and then rise and carry it into practice.