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Humility of Jesus a Pattern to His Disciples.

Humility of Jesus a Pattern to His Disciples.

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" But I am among you as he that serveth." — LuKE, xxii. 27.

" But I am among you as he that serveth." — LuKE, xxii. 27.

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HUMILITY OF JESUS A PATTER TO HIS DISCIPLES.REV. F. ELLABY, A.M." But I am among you as he that serveth." — LuKE, xxii. 27.These are the words of Jesus ; and wliile he uttered tliem, his actions spokemore loudly than his words could do. Endeavour, if it be possible, my dcjtrfriends, to realize the scene which was present to the disciples to your own mind.See at least by faith (for this is possible), tlie Lord of lords, and the Master of masters, becoming really and literally the servant of servants. •* ¥e know theerace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sak-es hebecame poor, that ye through his poverty might become rich:" and ye knowthat he is as he was, that one, and that only one, " which was, and which is,and which is to come, the Almighty ;" " who being in tlie form of Gud, andwho thought it not robbery to be equal with God," yet was himself of noreputation ; took another form, even " the form of a servant, and appeared inthe likeness of man ; and being found in fashion as a man, humbled himseif and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."ow this is a blessed point : it is the humiliation of Jesus ; it is the EternalSon coming down to us ; the Son of God becoming the Son of Man. Andthere follows another point, a blessed point, a graiul point in divinity : it is theexaltation of Jesus ; and the exaltation of Jesus is so sublime and glorious atopic tliat our thoughts, and desires, and affections, should ascend where Jesusis exalted. But the point of the humiliation of Jesus, which is before us, andof which wc must not lose sight, is especially meant for our instruction; andwe so deeply need the instruction, that it behoves us to dwell often, and withgreat solemnity, upon it.ow we read, in the twenty-fourth verse — " And there was also a strifeanion"- them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he saidunto them. The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them ; and they thatexercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so :but he that is greatest anu)ng you, let him be as the younger ; and he that ischief as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, lie that sitteth at meat, orhe that serveth ? Is not he that sitteth at meat .' But I am among yoti as he thatscrveth." You see, beloved, it is the liord's will against pride, against high-mindedncRs, against a disposition which is common to men, and common togood men too, to be thought highly of, to be estcenunl and lifted up among therest of nuMi. I am, therefore, first of all, to call your attention to this veryremarkable reproof, and the remarkable way in which the Lord administeredthe reproof.
ITHE HUMILITY OF JESTS A PATTER TO MIS DISCIPLES. 417Yon perceive tliat Iiis disciples were indiilgiiig; vain thoughts, and you haveread that the Lord saith, "I liate vain thoughts:" their conduct, therefore, to/lini, fit this moment, must have been exceedingly trying, for they were examiningand inquiring, which of them should he greatest. But look to the words,in order to discover the magnitude of this, which at first appeared to be but alittle offence. Think of the time. It had been a grievous thing at any time,that disciples of the Lord should divide with one another to see which shouldbe greatest ; but at such a time as this — at the time immediately after theinstitution of the sacrament — at the time, a little before the Saviour's offering — at the very eve of his agony and his bloody sweat, his cross and his passion, hisdeath and his buria' ; can you conceive any thing more unsuitable, more to bedeplored, than that such a strife among brethren should be discovered at sucha time ?My friends, I feel reproved in my own soul this day, for having been led oftento envy these men, who I perceive were vain in their imaginations, althoughdisciples, and the first disciples, and who I perceive were rising up in pride oneagainst another. Ah, I have sometimes groaned under a sense of unworthiness ;groaned under a sense of manifold infirmities and great corruption, and manysins, and I have been ready to say, " Oh, had I but lived and been numberedwith the Apostles ! had I only been numbered with the martyrs and confessors!Surely, though at such a time as that, I might have shared in the hardships theywere called to endure, yet I should have been delivered, as they were delivered,from those things which now so harass me, so beset me, and so overcome me.'But I perceive that this thought of mine, this idea, was a very vain thought,a vain idea ; for I remember, that among the twelve Apostles of the Lamb,there was a Judas, a thief who carried the bag, a traitor, one among the twelvewho had a devil, at whose ear also, and whose heart, the great tempter, themaster of the legions of devils, was ready and at hand, enticing and propellinghim to commit the unpardonable sin. I perceive that not only M'as this thecase with regard to one, but that this same tempter was busied among theApostles, and that the Apostles were men of like passions with us ; tliat themartyrs themselves were men of like infirmities, and that they were all prone,as it were, all tempted by the same things by which we are tempted, and subjectto the same trials to which we are liable. I learn, therefore, that I, and everyother man ministering in the Gospel, should rather receive the reproof whichthe Lord giveth in this present state, than that he should desire to be found inanother. Oh, it is a better way to prepare ourselves for reproof, than thatwe desire to change our circumstances. There was a strife among the disciples,which of them should be greatest, which of them should be most caressed andmost esteemed among men, and which of them should be most popular, most
venerated, which of them sliould be most idolized. Oh, how natural, howcommon, my friends.But think again, at such a time as this, when the Saviour was about to suffer;when the master was taking leave of his household to go his journey ; when thefriend was giving his love-tokens to his dear friends, whom he no longer calledservants, but friends ; when the brother was about to redeem the inheritance*oh, at such a time as tliis ! AVhat shall wc say to it? Brethren, we sometimeshear of relatives and children, who are waiting for the places which theirparents or their friends inherit ; we sometimes hear of priests, or of statesmen,waiting and looking for the places which others now have : we find persons inVOL. J. '2 E418 THE HUMILITY OP JESUS A PATTER TO HIS DISCIPLES.various states of life waiting for tlic dead. 'I'his is the idea of waiting forsomething that shall be; and when we think riglitly, nay, when we think naturallv, as men ought to think, we Jire sometimes surprised, and wc are madeto feel a rigliteous indignation against such conduct as this. But there is muclivanity in all this ; for the heart of man is vain, vain as it is deceitful, anddesperately M'icked.My dear brethren, let me come very nigh to you, and speak not only to yourcars, but let me speak to your hearts this day. Oh, this was not only commonto the first disciples ; it is common, and perhaps very general : it is applicableto us indirectly, if not directly, at this very time. At such a time as this, oh,how unsuitable ! For think only on that high and proud look; think for amoment of that thought, that vain thought, which escaped you ; then call toyour recollection that vain, that sinful imagination, which arose in your mind.In a word, think of the contempt that arose in your mind at such a time as this — eitlier a little before the Lord's supper, or immediately after it. Oh, dearbrethren, seal up those two eyes of yours, and send them to your hearts ; seewhat there is in tliat cage; it has been called "a cage of unclean birds:"behold the state of that heart; it is Satan's throne, if the Lord be not enthronedthere. Oh, see what is the language of that deceitful and desperate heart of your's, and then you shall neither censure nor envy any other; but you shall beprepared to take the reproof which Jesus by his servant would administer this day.ow THE Reproop is this. The world possesses, and the world practises,many things which you would possess, and which you would practise. Thehearts of the people of the world go forth after the very things to which yourhearts are likewise prone ; and they that have authority do exercise lordship,sometimes not in a lawful, but in a tyrannical way, over their masters ; and you,according to your own natural propensities, are ready likewise to exerciseauthority in this undue and unchristian manner : and if ye do it, what are ye

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