Jesus Describes Himself

There is only one place in scripture that Jesus in His own words describes His own “inner man.”  By the way, the description that he selects is surprising and counter-cultural to our current Western World mentality.  He doesn’t use words like “almighty, eternal, wise, holy, absolute deity, brilliant.”  Allow me to quote Him:

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28–29)

I am gentle. I am humble.  These are servant terms. Gentle means “strength under control.” It is used of a wild stallion that has been tamed. Humble in heart means “lowly,” picture a helper.

At first, it is difficult to perceive God describing Himself in these terms.  However, if you look at the God of the cross who died for our sins to rescue us, the God that knocks at the door of our heart waiting for us to open up, the God who does not force Himself on us, His description is dynamic and incredibly significant. In 1 Corinthians 1:9 Paul the Apostle states, God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  We are called to intimate fellowship with Jesus.   There is no better atmosphere for intimacy than gentleness and humility.

In Mark 2:17, Jesus makes a striking comment proclaiming to the leaders of the Jews, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”  He came for the weak, the sick, the down-trodden, the weary, the broken-hearted, the lowly not the power players, the proud, the ones who have no need.

“I am gentle and humble in heart.”  And, if you “come to me, I will give you rest…you will find rest for your souls.”  What are you going to do with His invitation?

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