Compass Pointing North

“In His humiliation His justice was taken away, and who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.”—Acts 8:33 (NKJV) 

I cannot read the Scriptures that describe Jesus’ suffering and humiliation nor see movies that portray His crucifixion without a welling of emotion that burns in my throat and sends tears streaming down my face. Emotion overrides any sense of comprehension. I cannot reconcile my anger to my sorrow, my compassion to my gratitude, my injustice to my gain. But what I can do is declare that I am a part of that generation—one born from the humiliation, injustice, and death of Christ.

Truly, how disturbing were the hours leading up to His death. Mocked and beaten, blind to His accusers both in sight and in blame. His skin shredded with the scourging, a twisted crown of thorns set upon His head. The charade of a purple robe pasted to the blood of his exposed muscles and bones (John 19:2). His lips blistered in dry silence before the blasphemy of His accusers. The humiliation of Christ was flagrantly grievous and altogether appalling.

Yet, go back. Sent from heaven, there was great humility in where He was born and how He was raised (Philippians 2:7). Jesus was born of a woman. God incarnate was diapered and carried, nursed and taught. He shared a home with four brothers and at least two sisters (Matthew 13:55-56). He was a man with a family, but they didn’t understand or support Him (Mark 3:21).

He was not treated as a prince, yet He came from a throne. Equal with God, but made poor in stature, his lifestyle was modest (Philippians 2:6-8). It was His choice and delight to walk among His creation. He looked for friends, made friends, and lost friends. He helped and healed, yet gathered no dignity for Himself nor wished to attract attention. He was a compass always pointing north.

Here’s where it comes together for us. The humility Jesus experienced as a man and the humiliation He suffered as Messiah is part of a tapestry we all can knit into. The minute we are born again, our compass points north. We may not be supported by family, we may lose friends, and we might experience humiliation or pain, but we are a part of a generation that Jesus died to create. We are a royal priesthood, heirs with Christ, in an unjust world willing to suffer shame for His name (Acts 5:41).

DIG: Use your favorite Bible reference tool and complete a word search on humiliation and humility.

DISCOVER: What do these words have in common, and how do they differ?

DISPLAY: While you may not suffer humiliation on a day-to-day basis, be intentional about finding ways you can display more humility for Christ’s sake.

About the Author

Lisa Supp

Lisa Supp lives in Utah and has served within the CCFL Web and Prayer Ministry since 2011. She also volunteers as an editor on the CCFL Prayer Wall and is a writer on the Communications Team. Retired from teaching, Lisa and her husband Ron volunteer at their local Calvary Chapel and share a passion for Scripture, apologetics, and education.