1. Jesus was a humble man.

The events of His birth demonstrate His humanity and His humility. His birth was of a questionable nature, and these questions followed Him all His life. Look at the blatant assertion that was made in John 8:41:  “We were not born of fornication ...”  Those who refused to believe in Him regarded the holy Son of God as the fruit of evil. No one was as holy as He in all of history, yet those who rejected Him treated Him as unholy.

He was born subject to the whims of the emperor of Rome who decreed that all had to return to their roots for a census so he could raise the taxes he wanted to rule as he desired. Thus it was that Joseph and Mary had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem right when it was time for Jesus to be born. He who was sovereign over the emperor became subject to the emperor as He stepped down from His throne to enter humanity as a weak, frail, dependent baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

As if that is not enough, Herod made an attempt on His life, and He had to be protected from this rapacious and evil king. The Lord of lords was forced to run for His life before He could even walk. How could He be more humiliated?

It was this humility — a humility that continued all His life — that gave Him the hearing He gained from the men whom He called to follow Him. So it must be with us if we would leave a legacy of glory; we too must step away from our puny glory and thoughts of our legacy, and turn to Him in humility for His resources and enablement through us and His legacy for us.

2. Jesus was a dependent man.

Jesus did nothing on His own; He acted only as the Father desired and enabled (John 5:19-30). As He moved into His ministry as Messiah, the Spirit’s public identification with Him at His baptism demonstrated that all He did was through the fullness and power of the Holy Spirit.” The descent of the Holy Spirit empowered the Son, the Messiah, for His ministry among people.” [2] Luke 4:1-14 makes this abundantly clear. As Jesus faced the greater demands of His messianic ministry, He also received the enabling power of the Holy Spirit for all He did and became the model for all we do.

Jesus is the prototype, the pattern, and master copy for how we live. [3] We live the way He lived, dependent on the power of the Holy Spirit, which enables us to leave the same legacy of glory as He. Though we are radically different from Him — He, the Son of God, we the children of God — we can only live in the fullness and power of the Holy Spirit just as He lived.

3. Jesus was a proven man.

Immediately following His baptism the Holy Spirit drove (Mk. 1:12) Him into the wilderness to be tempted by the evil one. This temptation was no ordinary event for Jesus, but a time of suffering as He wrestled with sin and evil in a deeply personal way (Heb. 2:17-18) and so entered into the same struggle we experience. His suffering was so great that following His temptation angels came and ministered to Him by assisting and refreshing Him.

Just as Jesus fulfilled all righteousness (Mt. 3:15) and so proved He to be our worthy high priest, so we prove ourselves to those whom we influence by suffering and overcoming the temptation to evil through the Holy Spirit. We can only leave a legacy of glory if we turn from sin’s allure to Christ’s humility, and that decision could mean suffering for us.

4. Jesus was a focused man.

Throughout the course of His ministry Jesus maintained a two-fold focus on redemption and communication. Jesus often spoke of His hour, the hour of His crucifixion and our redemption, but what impact would that redemption have had without discipled leaders to communicate what the cross meant? This was why Jesus focused so totally on twelve men, one of whom was a betrayer. He set His face as a flint to go to Jerusalem and the cross, but He was equally determined to prepare His men for the Great Commission.