How He Loves Us, Oh

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Contributed by Brian Shifflett, Worship Pastor of Image Church

This weekend, Christians all over the globe will gather to celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Today, I read a passage out of Philippians that is a reminder of who Jesus really is, and the great depth of love the Father has for us.

Philippians 2:5-11 says:  5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  [ESV]

So Jesus was and is equal to God; He is God.  He chose to take on flesh and live among sinners to serve the hopeless and the helpless.  Take a moment and reflect on that.  The very God who created you and I and is the reason that we are still breathing right now chose to dwell among us!  Verse 8 says that He became obedient to the point of death.  If He was obedient, that means that God the Father told Him to do it.  There has to be a command in order for there to be obedience.  The point of the command was to provide a substitute for sinners whom otherwise would have no way to the Father.  What an expression of love towards us!

Jesus was obedient to the point of death, but the story does not end there.  Verse 9 says that because Jesus was obedient in life and in death, God raised Him up and gives Him glory as the Lord of the universe.  When we confess that Jesus is Lord, the Father is greatly glorified.  I hope this passage serves as a reminder of the significance of Jesus’ death and triumphant victory over death.  God broke the curse of sin that we were bound to apart from Jesus.  So let us praise Him for that and let our very lives reflect His image; so that empty lives see the profound love that God has expressed for us through Jesus.

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One Response to “How He Loves Us, Oh”

  1. Shannon Says:

    Let’s! Thanks, Brian.

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