Being human we all know all too well what it is like to be humiliated. Some of the most vivid memories of my childhood that I have are not from the moments of pride, they’re not from the moments of accomplishment, but they’re from the moments of my humiliation. One of the hardest callings that we have on us as humans in faith is when we are called to humiliation for the sake of the Gospel as all of us who walk in obedience experience at times. But to think that God Himself would humiliate Himself by leaving His heavenly dwelling to come to this Earth filled with the smell of corruption is a thought almost beyond comprehension. Jesus began His ministry of humiliation by taking on the body of a man and emptying Himself to a mysterious extent of His potential power as God. Not only did Christ come in a body but He came to the Earth under the Law which He wrote. In one of the most amazing lessons of Christ, it is remembered that the tax set up by a King is not meant for his own children. And yet Christ not only took that particular tax upon Himself, but He took it upon Himself to fulfill all of the righteous requirements of the Law of Moses that He might become the completion of the Law that we needed to have in this Earth.
The physical sufferings of Christ began with the limitations and the pains and the cries that we all experience in this life. We all suffer as Christ suffered with sicknesses and diseases. But Christ did not stop their in His willingness to suffer for us. Throughout the history of the world depraved men have done their uttermost to perfect the art of torture. The zenith of these efforts was achieved in numerous ways under the Romans. And the Roman method of crucifixion would become for God the perfect opportunity to get just the right amount of physical pain to be maximized so that He could demonstrate for us just how much He loves us and longs for us to come to repentance for our good that we might have a relationship with Him. But the humiliation of Christ would not be limited to the physical sufferings of the cross but would include all of the agony of suffering through the wrath of God. Now while we who have sinned and we have rightly experienced the wrath of God, for Jesus to experience the wrath of His Father was a completely new experience to which He had no parallel in life and throughout eternity. The wrath of the Father was for the complete payment of sin and so the wrath must have been more fierce than any of the pains of the flesh. Some Pastors have doubted to me whether Jesus even regarded the physical pain of the cross next to the emotional pain of the wrath of God. Now that preaches well, but it doesn’t sit well with me because it borders on my mind with the Gnostic heresy; however, that being said, I think that there is certainly an element of truth to it because when a person is under such a large amount of wrath physical suffering can even provide a release from the emotional pressure to an extent. But the wrath of God makes the humiliation of Christ complete because it was entirely undeserved.