Sometimes when we think of the the word humility, we might think about humiliation and being shamed or belittled. But Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines humility as "the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people". Certainly Jesus had every reason to believe that he was better than everyone else. After all, he was the son of God. But in Matthew's account of the baptism of Jesus, in verses thirteen through seventeen in the third chapter of his Gospel, Jesus is baptized by John despite John's objections. John knows that Jesus is the Messiah, the son of God. John tells Jesus, “I need to be baptized by you." But Jesus insists. As everyone familiar with this Gospel passage knows, God calls Jesus, "my beloved son."
How often do we think we are better than others? That we have a better education? A better job? A better life? That others are beneath us because of what they do or where they live? When will we, so filled with pride, become the humble followers of Jesus?