This story is full of things to consider and be amazed by - see Kim’s post from Monday. One aspect that could fly under the radar is this in verse 8, “Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed”. John, the writer of this account, normally leaves his own name out and uses this designation for himself, “the disciple who…”. In doing this, John is avoiding the temptation to build up his celebrity and instead gives Jesus (and others) the attention. We see this several times and it clearly isn’t false humility.
This is in line with what another John (The Baptist) said about his relationship with Jesus, “He must increase, I must decrease” (John 3:30). This is an attitude that is rare and necessary. To choose to not self-promote is against the tide of our social climate. We have numerous social media tools to celebrate our status, accomplishments, opinions, dreams, etc. Left unchecked, this feeds into a self-centered mentality that is addictive. To deliberately set ourselves aside for the sake of promoting Jesus and giving others credit and attention…well it is refreshing. This attitude of active humility also puts us into the position of receiving God’s approval and blessing. Take some time and join me this week in seeing how to follow both of the John’s examples. Here are a couple of passages that will help:
“And all of you, serve each other in humility, for “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.” 1 Peter 5:5-6 (NLT)
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form” Philippians 2:3-7 (NLT)