Man’s Pride And Christ’s Humility
“And pour contempt on all my pride.”
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 there 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 winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners…” (Matt. 11:19).
Pride of independence. “…Many others which ministered unto 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 the Father which hath sent Me” (John 5:30).
Pride of resentment. “…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…” (Luke 23:34).
“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ...” (Gal. 6:14).