Topic: The Cross Represents The Complete Obedience Of Jesus
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Philippians 2:8 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Phillipians 2:8 (NLT) — he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Phillipians 2:8 (NIV) — And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
The cross today shows us a great example of a complete and perfect obedience. The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews brings to mind the way Jesus obeyed the Father with all his heart. His obedience led him to die on the cross at Calvary! He always sought out the Father’s will, even though it was not the easiest way. In Matthew 26:39 , we are told, “he went a little farther and fell on His face and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it is possible, may this cup from me : nevertheless not as I will, but as you will”.
It was in the Garden Of Gethsemane that Jesus sought the Father’s will. It was in these difficult times of great distress that the Father confirmed to Jesus once again the path to the Cross. As difficult as the path to the cross may have seemed, Jesus’ greatest desire was total obedience to the Father. Jesus had lived His earthly life in submition to the will of God. Jesus even told his disciples once, ” My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work ” ( John 4:34 ).
What a great example of Jesus in his obedience to the Father. The Cross will always mark an emblem of the complete obedience of Jesus. Through his obedience, we are righteous! As Romans 5:19 says, ” For as by one man ‘s disobedience many were made sinners , so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous”. Pray on this day that we may live in complete obedience to God. That our obedience may never be partial, or conditional. May we accept the will of God, even when we are required to walk the path of the Cross.
Matthew 26:39 (NKJV) — He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will. ”
Romans 5:19 (NKJV) — Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Hebrews 5:8 (NKJV) — though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
John 4:34 (NKJV) — Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
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