Man’s Pride And Christ’s Humility
The life and death of our Lord Jesus Christ are a standing rebuke to every form of pride to which men are liable. Note the contrast between these well-known sins and His own holy life.
Pride of birth and rank. "Is not this the carpenter's son?" (Matt. 13:55).
Pride of wealth. "The Son of man hath not where to lay His head" (Matt. 8:20).
Pride of respectability. "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" (John 1:46).
Pride of personal appearance. "He hath no form nor comeliness" (Isa. 53:2).
Pride of reputation. "Behold a man gluttonous and a wine bibber, a friend of publicans and sinners" (Matt. 11:19).
Pride of independence. "Many others who ministered to Him of their substance" (Luke 8:3).
Pride of learning. "How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?" (John 7:15).
Pride of superiority. "I am among you as he that serveth" (Luke 22:27). "He humbled Himself" (Phil. 2:8). "Made a curse for us" (Gal. 3:13).
Pride of success. "He came unto His own and His own received Him not" (John 1:11). "He was despised and rejected of men" (Isa. 53:3).
Pride of self-reliance. "He went down to Nazareth and was subject unto them" (Luke 2:51).
Pride of ability. "I can of mine own self do nothing" (John 5:30).
Pride of self-will. "I seek not mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me" (John 5:30).
Pride of bigotry. "Forbid him not...for he that is not against us is on our part" (Mark 9:39-40).
Pride of resentment. "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34).
– From Dawn, Author Unknown.