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The Humble Son of God

"Learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart."

Lord Jesus Christ

The Holy Gospel of Matthew 11:29

What is the humility of the Son of God?

The humility of the Son of God consists in the fact that He was born as a man and in a poor family, was subject to the law of God, suffered the evils of this life, the wrath of God and the accursed death on the cross, was buried and remained under the power of death until the third day.


The Son of God renounced everything and took the form of a servant

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." The Holy Gospel of John 1:1, 14

"Who, being in the image of God, did not think that he should hold fast to equality with God, but renounced everything, taking upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men." The Apostle Paul's Epistle to the Philippians 2 :6

Although He was God the Son throughout all eternity, He was pleased, when the appointed time was fulfilled, to become the Son of Man, born of a woman in a lowly position.

"When the time was fulfilled, God sent forth his Son, who was born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive the adoption as sons." Paul's letter to the Galatians 4:4-5

"Christ, entering into the world, says:

"Sacrifice and offering you did not ask, but you prepared a body for Me. Burnt offerings and sin offerings are not pleasing to You. Then I said: Behold, I have come (in the scroll of the book it is written about Me) to do Your will, O God!” Hebrews 10:5-7


The Son of God lived a sinless and completely obedient life to God

“Do not think that I have come to destroy the law or the prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” The Holy Gospel of Matthew 5:17

"For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me." The Holy Gospel of John 6:38

"He appeared to bear sins. In Him there is no sin.” The First Epistle of the Apostle John 3:5

"Who committed no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth." First Epistle of the Apostle Peter 2:22


The Son of God came to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many


"And when Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples alone and said to them on the way:

"Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and they will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock Him, beat Him, and crucify Him, and on the third day they will be raised... The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” The Holy Gospel of Matthew 20:17-19, 28


The Son of God suffered the most terrible sorrows in his soul

Before he was betrayed and condemned, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray.

"Jesus comes with them to a place called Gethsemane and says to His disciples: 'Sit here while I go over there to pray.'

And taking with Himself Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to grieve and mourn. Then he says to them:

"My soul is sorrowful unto death. Stay here and watch with Me."

And going forward a little, he fell on his face and prayed, saying:

"My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me, not as I will, but as You will."

He comes to the students, finds them asleep and says to Petra:

“How! Couldn't you watch with Me for an hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit is vigorous, but the body is weak."

Again he went a second time and prayed, saying: "My Father, if it is not possible for this to pass from Me without drinking it, let Your will be done."

And when he came again, he found them asleep, for their eyes were strained. And again he left them and went to pray a third time, saying the same words again." The Holy Gospel of Matthew 26:36-44

"And an angel appeared to Him from heaven and strengthened Him.

And when he was in agony, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood, which dripped to the ground." The Holy Gospel of Luke 22:43-44


The Son of God was betrayed with the kiss of a friend

"Then he comes to the disciples and says to them:

“Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand when the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Get up let's go. Behold, he who betrays Me has come near.'

And as He spoke, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with knives and clubs, sent by the chief priests and the elders of the people.

And he that betrayed him had given them a sign, saying:

"Whom I kiss, it is He. Seize Him."

And immediately he came to Jesus and said, "Hail, Master!"

And kisses Him.

And Jesus said to him:

"Friend, for what you came, do." Holy Gospel of Matthew 26:45-50

"Yudo, do you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?"

And those who were around Jesus, when they saw what was about to happen, said, "Lord, shall we strike with a knife?"

And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.

And Jesus spoke, saying:

"Leave it here."

And he touched his ear and healed him." The Holy Gospel of Luke 22:48-51

"Then Jesus said to him,

"Return your knife to its place, for all who take up the knife shall perish by the knife. Or do you think that I cannot plead with My Father, and He would send Me even now more than twelve legions of angels? But how would the scriptures be fulfilled that this should be so?'

At the same hour Jesus said to the people:

"As against a robber, have you come out with knives and clubs to catch Me? Every day I sat and taught in the temple and you did not catch Me. But all this was done so that the prophetic writings would be fulfilled.”

Then all the disciples left Him and ran away." The Holy Gospel of Matthew 26:52-56


The Son of God was abandoned by his disciples

Before he was betrayed, Jesus warned his disciples:

"Behold, the hour is coming, even now, that you will be scattered to your own and leave me alone, but I am not alone, because the Father is with me." The Holy Gospel of John 16:32

"Then Jesus said to them,

"You will all be offended in Me this night, for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' And after I am resurrected, I will overtake you in Galilee."

And Peter answered Him:

"Though all be deceived in Thee, I will never be deceived."

Jesus said to him:

"I tell you the truth, that night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times."

Peter says to Him:

"If it were necessary for me to die with You, I would still not deny You."

All the disciples said the same thing." The Holy Gospel from Matthew 26:31-35

After they caught Jesus, “all the disciples left Him and ran away.

And those who had seized Jesus led Him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and elders were gathered.

And Peter followed Him a long way to the court of the high priest, and when he went in, he sat down with the servants to see the end." The Holy Gospel of Matthew 26:56-58

"And when they had made a fire in the midst of the court, and were sitting round about it, Peter also sat down among them. And a servant girl, seeing him sitting by the fire, looked at him and said:

"And he was with Him."

And he denied it, saying:

"Woman, I know Him not."

After a while another saw him and said:

"And you are one of them."

But Peter said:

"Man, I'm not."

And when about an hour had passed, someone else was insistently saying:

"Truly he also was with Him, for he is a Galilean."

And Peter said:

"Man, I don't know what you're saying."

And at the hour, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter.

And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him:

"Before the rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times."

And he went out and wept bitterly." The Holy Gospel from Luke 22:54-62


The Son of God was unjustly accused

"The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but they found none. For many bore false witness against Him, but their testimonies did not agree. Then some stood up and bore false witness against Him, saying:

"We heard Him say, 'I will destroy this temple made with hands, and in three days I will build another not made with hands.'

But even so their testimonies did not agree.

Then the high priest stood in the midst and asked Jesus, saying:

"Don't you answer anything? What do they testify against You?”

And He was silent and answered nothing.

The high priest asked Him again, saying to Him:

"Art thou the Christ, Son of the Blessed?"

And Jesus said:

"I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power and walking with the clouds of heaven.”

Then the high priest tore his clothes and said:

"What need do we have for witnesses anymore? You heard the blasphemy. How does it look to you?'

And they all condemned Him for exposing Himself to the death penalty.

And some began to spit on Him, to cover His face, to push Him, and to say to Him, ``Guess.'' And the officers, having caught Him, slapped Him." The Holy Gospel of Mark 14:55-65


The Son of God was despised and rejected by men

"In the morning the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole Sanhedrin, immediately took counsel together, and having bound Jesus, led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate.

And Pilate asked Him:

"Are you the King of the Jews?"

He answered him and said:

"You say."

The chief priests accused Him of many things.

Pilate asked Him again, saying:

"Don't you answer anything? Look how many things they accuse You of!”

But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate wondered.

At each festival he would release to them one prisoner whom they would ask for.

At that time there was a man named Barabbas imprisoned with those rebels who had committed murder during the rebellion.

The people went up and began to ask Pilate to do to them what he was wont to do.

Pilate answered them and said:

"Do you want me to release the king of the Jews to you?" (for he saw that the chief priests out of envy had betrayed Him).

But the chief priests incited the people that they would rather let Barabbas go to them.

Pilate again answered them and said:

"Then what shall I do with Him whom you call King of the Jews?"

They shouted again:

"Crucify Him!"

Pilate said to them:

"What evil has he done?"

But they shouted a lot:

"Crucify Him!"

The Holy Gospel from Mark 15:1-14

About 700 years earlier, the prophet Isaiah predicted:

"He was despised and rejected by men. A man of sorrows and accustomed to sorrow. And as a man from whom men turn their faces, He was despised, and we counted Him for nothing. He truly bore our sorrows and was burdened with our sorrows, and we considered Him stricken, smitten of God, and grieved.” Isaiah 53:3-4


God's Son was beaten for our sins

“Then Pilate took Jesus and beat him.” The Holy Gospel of John 19:1

"The governor's soldiers took Jesus to the Praetorium and gathered around Him the whole company. And when they had stripped Him, they clothed Him in a red robe.

They wove a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a reed in His right hand, and kneeling before Him, they reviled Him, saying:

"Hail, King of the Jews!"

They spat on Him and took the reed and beat Him on the head." The Holy Gospel of Matthew 27:27-30

Isaiah's prophecy:

"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. Upon Him came the chastisement that brings our peace, and by His stripes we are healed. We have all gone astray like sheep, we have turned aside each in our own way. And the Lord laid upon Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, but he humbled Himself, and opened not His mouth, as a lamb led to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers uttereth not a voice, so He opened not His mouth." Isaiah 53:5-7

Apostle Peter writes:

"Who, being reviled, reviled not back. When he suffered, he did not threaten, but committed his case to him who judges righteously." The First Epistle of the Apostle Peter 2:23


The Son of God was unjustly condemned to crucifixion


"Pilate went out again and said to them,

"Behold, I bring Him forth unto you, that ye may know that I find no fault in Him."

Jesus therefore went forth, bearing the crown of thorns and the garment of grass.

Pilate says to them:

"There's the man!"

When the chief priests and officials saw Him, they cried out, saying:

“Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”

Pilate said to them:

"You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him."

The Jews answered him:

"We have a law, and by that law He must die, because He made Himself the Son of God."

When Pilate heard this word, he was even more afraid. And he entered again into the praetorium and said to Jesus:

"Where are you from?"

And Jesus gave him no answer.

Therefore Pilate says to Him:

"Aren't you talking to me? Don't you know that I have power to release You and I have power to crucify You?'

Jesus answered him:

"You would not have any power over Me if it had not been given to you from above, therefore, the one who betrayed Me to you has a greater sin."

Because of this, Pilate was looking for a way to let Him go.

But the Jews cried out, saying,

"If you let Togova go, you are not Caesar's friend. Anyone who makes himself a king is an opponent of Caesar.”

And Pilate, hearing these words, brought Jesus out and sat on the judge's chair, in the place called the Stone Place, which in Hebrew is Gabbata.

It was the day of preparation for the Passover, about the sixth hour, and he says to the Jews, "Behold your king!"

And they shouted:

"Get it away! Remove! Crucify Him!”

Pilate says to them:

"Shall I crucify your king?"

The chief priests answered, "We have no other king but Caesar."

Therefore he handed him over to them to be crucified.” The Holy Gospel of John 19:4-16

Isaiah's prophecy:

"By an oppressive judgment shall he be seized. And who of His kind thought that he should be cut off from the land of the living because of the transgression of My people, upon whom the blow should fall?" Isaiah 53:8

"For the inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders, not knowing Him, but not understanding the prophetic words that are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning Him. Finding nothing in Him worthy of death, they again demanded of Pilate that He be put to death." Acts of the Apostles 13:27-28


The Son of God prayed for his murderers

"And when they came to the place called Lobno, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on His right and the other on His left.

And Jesus said:

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

And when they had divided His garments, they cast lots for them.

And the people stood and watched. The rulers also reviled Him, saying:

"He has saved others, let him save Himself, if He is God's Christ, His Chosen One."

And the soldiers also mocked Him, coming near and offering Him vinegar, and saying,

"If thou art the King of the Jews, deliver thyself."

And there was an inscription above Him:

"He is the King of the Jews." The Holy Gospel of Luke 23:33-38


The Son of God bore God's wrath and God's punishment

By taking upon Himself our sins, Jesus suffered the greatest punishment – His separation from God the Father, with whom He had been together for all eternity. On the cross He bore the wrath of God for us.

"About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice:

“Or, Or, lama savachtani? Literally: My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” The Holy Gospel of Matthew 27:46

About 1,000 years before the crucifixion of Christ, King David prophesied:

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why dost thou stand afar off, and help me not, nor heed the words of my groaning?

... And I am a worm, not a man, reproached by men and despised by men. Everyone who looks at me curses me. They open their lips, nod their heads and say: "He trusts in the Lord, let him deliver." Let him deliver him, for there is favor in him.' But it is You who brought me out of the womb. You taught me to trust when I was at my mother's breast. I was left to You from my birth. From my mother's womb, You are my God. Do not depart from me, for sorrow is near, for there is no helper.

Many bulls surrounded me. Strong bulls of Bashan surrounded me. They opened their mouths against me like a roaring lion. I spilled like water and all my bones came apart. My heart became like wax. It melts inside me. My strength dried up like a shard and my tongue clung to my jaws. You brought me down to the dust of death. Because dogs surrounded me. A crowd of villains surrounded me. They pierced my arms and legs. I can count all my bones. People stare at me and look at me. They divided my clothes and cast lots for my clothing. But you, Lord, don't go away. You, my power, hasten to help me. Deliver my soul from the sword, my life from the power of the dog. Deliver me from the mouth of the lion and from the horns of the wild oxen. You have listened to me!” Psalms 22:1, 6-21


The Son of God humbled himself to death on a cross


"And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." The Apostle Paul's Epistle to the Philippians 2:7

A wooden cross in the heavens

"Jesus cried with a loud voice and said:

"Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit."

And when he had said this, he breathed his last." The Holy Gospel from Luke 23:46

"It will scarcely be found that any one will die even for a righteous man (though it is possible that he dares any one to die for the good), but God commends His love to us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." " The Epistle of the Apostle Paul to the Romans 5:7

"For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us." First Epistle of the Apostle Paul to the Thessalonians 5:9


The Son of God sacrificed Himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity


"At the end of the ages he appeared once to put away sin by offering himself as a sacrifice." Hebrews 9:26

"Our Lord Jesus Christ gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present impure world, according to the will of our God and Father." Apostle Paul's Letter to the Galatians 1:4

"Who gave Himself for us, to redeem us from all iniquity, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good works." The Apostle Paul's Epistle to Titus 2:14

"Who himself bore our sins in his own body on the tree, so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness, with whose stripes you were healed." First Epistle of the Apostle Peter 2:24

"Knowing that it was not with perishable things - silver or gold - that you were redeemed from the vain life handed down to you by your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without blemish." First Epistle of the Apostle Peter 1:18 -19


The Son of God was buried and remained under the power of death until the third day

Jesus said:

"A wicked and adulterous generation seeks a sign, but no other sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the sea monster for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. The Holy Gospel from Matthew 12:39-40

"And when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb." Acts 13:29

"When it was already evening, because it was a preparation day, that is, opposite to the Sabbath, there came Joseph of Arimathea, an honorable counselor who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God and dared to go to Pilate and ask for the body of Jesus.

And Pilate wondered if he had already died, and calling the centurion, asked him if he had been dead for a long time. And having learned from the centurion, he yielded the body to Joseph. And he bought a shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the shroud, and laid him in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone over the door of the tomb.

And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Josiah saw where they laid him." The Holy Gospel of Mark 15:43-47

Isaiah's prophecy:

"And they appointed His grave among the wicked, but after His death with the rich, because He had done no iniquity, nor was there deceit in His mouth.

But the Lord pleased him to be beaten, delivered him to sorrow. When you make his soul a sin offering, he will see posterity, he will prolong his days, and what the Lord pleases will succeed in his hand.

He will see the fruits of His soul's labor and be satisfied. My righteous servant will justify many through their knowledge of Him, and He will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will assign him a portion among the great, and he will divide the favor with the mighty, because he exposed his soul to death and was counted among the transgressors, and because he took upon himself the sins of many and made intercession for the transgressors." Isaiah 53:9-12

You can read more detailed information about the crucifixion of Christ in my publication The Crucified Son of God.

The biblical quotes used are from:

The 1940 translation is cited.

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