Read: Luke 22:25-29
We live in a very competitive world, where we have to prove ourselves to be better than others. To get a better pay or a better position, people resort to working extremely hard to fulfil their credentials of being greater than the other. Jesus’ disciples had a similar discussion of who would be the greatest among them (Luke 9:46; 22:24). Peter, James and John were found to be special in some ways because they alone witnessed the transfiguration and saw Elijah and Moses (Matt. 17:1-9) and accompanied Jesus to bring Jairus’ daughter back to life (Mark 5:37). James and John’s mother Salome asked Jesus if her sons could sit at the right and left hand of Jesus in Heaven (Matt. 20:21). She wanted her sons to be greater than the other disciples.
But Jesus displayed humility among His disciples by washing their feet (John 13:1-17). Jesus said, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14). John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ proclaimed about repentance. People thought him to be the Promised Messiah, but he denied that he was the Christ and pointed them to Jesus. John the Baptist said, “He must increase and I must decrease” (John 3:30). John the Baptist knew that Jesus was the Promised Messiah and said, “Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” He told that he was not even worthy to unstrap the sandals of Jesus.
Although Jesus said, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30), He made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross (Phil. 2:7-8).
Only those who humble themselves will be exalted. Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of Heaven” (Matt. 18:3). Blessed are the meek and they will inherit the earth (Matt. 5:5). Due to Jesus’ humility, “God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11). Let us also have the same attitude as that of Christ.