Humility before God is the first and most essential of all virtues.– John MacArthur.
On our previous devotional, we read about the emotion of Jesus during His triumphal entry, how the Israelites were rejoicing while Jesus wept for their future. Our Lord and Saviour sacrificed His life in total obedience to the will of the Father. Moreover, He was a willing offering. But let us look into some aspects of His emotions, His troubled soul, likewise, His thoughts in the final week of His ministry.
Today’s devotional reading is from the Book of John 12:27. Please, read our recent devotional from the Book of Luke 19:41-42: The True Meaning Of Jesus Christ’s Triumphal Entry
Jesus’ Troubled Soul
In John 12:27, we can read that Jesus had a troubled soul for the upcoming events. John MacArthur wrote in his commentary, the term used is strong and signifies horror, anxiety and agitation. Who would not be? Jesus is perfect and sinless, and He knew He did not deserve God’s wrath. However, He also knew that this was the reason He came down to earth when He said, Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
Paul wrote, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:6-8). His soul was troubled, yes. But His obedience to the Father and love for humanity was far greater than His troubled soul.
Remind Yourself Of Jesus’ Troubled Soul
We often receive the Gospel by segments. Some focus too much on the ‘Jesus loves you’ part that they forget to repent and turn from their wicked way, while others cannot go past the sinner condition and neglect the gratefulness and rejoicing of being saved.
Let us take Jesus’ example. He had a troubled soul but that did not stop Him from humbly obeying the will of the Father. May we not focus on the hardships that we have right now for we are not alone. We have Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. All we have to do is repent, turn from our wickedness and believe in Jesus who saved us from our sins. Accept Jesus Now.
This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
- When are the moments that you can say you were humble?
- Is it easy to be humble than proud?
- What is the impact of the humility of Christ in your life?
- Did you have an experience of a troubled soul when you tried to help someone?
- Love at its best.
- Proud or Humble
- Do You Carry Humility Wherever Life Takes You?
- The Great Reset Of Your Soul
- Make Your Bible Reading Habitual And Joyful
- Where Do You Go For Refuge?
Heavenly Father, we praise your holy name. Grant us, Holy Spirit, to be with us always, to show how to think and act with humility. May the life of Jesus Christ be our guide on how to please you. And that we may think of ourselves as your servant, for we want to serve you. Make us useful for the furtherance of your kingdom. O Lord, help us how to be selfless, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
All these we ask through Jesus Christ, our role model for humility. Amen.