The humble also shall increase their joy in the LORD, And the poor among men shall rejoice In the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 29:19)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Most religious people aren’t very humble. Most religious people think they’re pretty good people because, after all, they’ve got God figured out and they know that they do what He wants. These are the people who always seem to think that because they go to church and know some stuff about religion, they’re better than others. How about you? Do you ever think that way? Of course you do. It’s easy to think you’re better than that kid over there who doesn’t go to church, but instead just gets into trouble all the time.
Isaiah doesn’t say the proud and righteous will rejoice in the Holy One. He says the humble will. The Holy One of Israel is Jesus. Jesus comes not to be proud and haughty. He could. He’s the Son of God, after all. If anyone has a reason to look down on others, it should be Him. But instead He humbles Himself. He is born of poor parents. He comes to serve and to give His life and die on the cross to take away our sins. Jesus is our Savior by being our servant. All true humility there.
Therefore, abandon your pride and thinking you’re “all that” just because you are a Christian. Rather, learn true repentance again, which says, “I really am an awful sinner and deserve nothing from God. Yet by Christ’s death and resurrection, He rescues me and saves me.” When you are nothing but a low down, dirty, rotten sinner, then your joy will increase as you see what sort of a Savior you have. The more sins you’ve got, the bigger a Savior Jesus is!
So rejoice in the Holy One of Israel! He saves you not because of you, but because that’s what He does. His water, Word, Body and Blood are gifts so humble, and yet so powerful, that they rescue you from sin, death, devil, hell, and even your pride! The Holy One of Israel, Jesus Christ your Lord, came to save you. Having heard that with your open ears, now let your tongue loose to rejoice and sing! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Not unto us, not unto us be glory, Lord; Not unto us but to Your name be praise; Not unto us but to Your name all honor be giv’n For matchless mercy, forgiveness, and grace. (Not unto Us, LSB 558:1)