to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice *
November 27, 2019 – Wednesday
Philippians 2:8 NIV
8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself
by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
This verse is of course about Jesus, but to really make sense of it let’s look at the preceding and following verses for context.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage;
7 rather, He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
So God (Jesus) came in the form of a man to experience all that a man would experience, even the pain and humiliation of death on a cross. His experience of pain and suffering was as real as would have been for you or I. It was real and yet He chose to experience it. Why? The simple truthful answer is for us. Sure the day will come when everyone will acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord. But first He will suffer and die on the cross as payment for our sins.
This is why He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death as a man, a sinless man, so He could become the payment for our sins. Just as Jesus explained it to the Pharisee Nicodemus:
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
Incredible the humility of God that He would send His Son to die for our sins, so we might find our way back to have a relationship with Him. So this also becomes an example for us as Christians to follow as well. Are we too proud to die as a witness for Christ Jesus in our daily activities as work, with our family, with one another?
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. How thankful are you for the sacrifice Christ made for you on the cross? For your loved ones? How truly thankful are you? How do you show it?
(to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)
* Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)