To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2016 Issue – Straight from the Heart, ‘I have you in my heart … all of you share God’s grace with me’ Philippians 1:7
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Philippians 2:8 (NIVUK): ”And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!”
Selwyn continues to look at the seven dramatic demotions (we look at the first four, in yesterday’s study): He writes: “Demotion No. 5: And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself. It was not enough that Jesus was found in appearance as a man: his life on earth was a continual selflessness all the way. …
Demotion No. 6: and become obedient to death. The Son of God to die? How could death strike the Lord of life? It is the body that dies, not the soul. His soul would survive. Demotion No. 7; even death on a cross! Crucifixion was designed to inflict the maximum amount of pain over the longest possible time.
We are in an upside-down kingdom where in order to find we must lose, in order to live we must die, in order to keep we must give away. Jesus lost Himself on purpose, to find you and me.”
Jesus’ life and words are recorded for us in Scripture to provide for us an example of how to live by the will of God through trust and faith. By becoming fully human, and depending on His Father for all His needs, He demonstrates that all who truly follow Him can do so, through the power of His Holy Spirit.
God became a man to show us how we should live; that it is possible (with His help) for each one of us to make God known by our sacrificial love for God and for each other. We can never say that the standard set by Jesus is too high for us to achieve, because He has provided the teaching and the power to achieve everything set before us by God. Now, that’s a challenge for many.