Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others. Matthew 23:1-7
Jesus here is warning us against proud people in general and proud religious leaders specifically.
Pride is insidious. It’s easy to recognize in others but difficult to see in ourselves.
The opposite of course is humility.
Jesus Himself had reason to be boastful. After all, He was the second Person of the Trinity, the Bright Morning Star, the Root and Offspring of David, healing people, casting out demons. You name it; Jesus had done it.
But He didn’t need to boast. It wasn’t in His nature to boast.
No, He humbled Himself to come to this filthy place to become like one of us. Talk about humility!
That was the most radical example of an object lesson you’ll ever see.
And what was that lesson?
Ultimate obedience to the Father.
Divinity taking on human skin.
With the exception of ‘Divinity taking on human skin, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:36b