Matt. 11:28, 30 “Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls, for My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
These words powerfully describe the manner in which Jesus walked among us for three years. He loved little children, and the sick and the sad and lonely and poor sinners, and they all loved Him. Do you suppose this would suggest that outward appearance just might be an indicator of “meek and lowly” as a gentle invitation? to those who were themselves humble and poor as opposed to beautiful ornate clothing marking the rich and powerful?
There’s not a whole lot of similarity between this humble, gentle behavior of Jesus and the manner in which the Pharisees, Sadducees, and teachers of the law lived while Jesus was here with us. He pointed that out in no uncertain terms in the 23d chapter of Matthew. They made sure by their headdress, bright colored clothing, lengthy public prayers, etc., that everyone knew they were a cut above ordinary folk. Doesn’t sound much like the “meek and lowly Jesus” does it? When you consider how the children thronged Jesus, it makes you wonder if that would have happened if he had been dressed in highly decorated silk garments flowing to the ground and headdress that distinguished him as a man of great power? Or would the children and other ordinary folk have shied away from such a display, not being able to read the love and meekness of Jesus? And also, maybe they were familiar with the pride and prejudice of the upper class (not meek and mild).
And, of course, it really doesn’t matter about clothing unless it sends a wrong message. Jesus was gentle and meek and kind because He wanted to show the people that He loved them, that they were worthwhile, and He did it by walking among them, teaching them, healing them, being lowly in heart, and offering the greatest invitation any of us will ever have:
“Come unto me all you that labor and are heavy-laden and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will receive rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Thank you, Lord Jesus!!
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Thank you Aline for reminding us of the meekness and lowliness of Jesus. We should remember that the Messiah had these characteristics, (meekness, humility, and lowliness) as a reference to Zechariah 9:9 shows and in particular this, "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:7-8). No one ever matched Jesus as regards his humility and thus he became the perfect example for all believers. God bless you.