Being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:8, NIV 1984).
“My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.” (John 18:36, NIV 1984).
My Musings – As Jesus hung on that cross, the eternal destiny of mankind hung in the balance with Him. Legions of angels were at His disposal. His Father, who had spoken the universe into existence could have spoken it back out of existence. All Jesus had to do was say the word — enough! Instead, He cried, “it is finished!” There was really never any doubt.
Linking the humility He demonstrated just hours before, when Jesus washed His disciples feet, and the humiliation of the agony of the cross, was His willingness to humble Himself to an obedient death — “even death on a cross!” The Creator of all there is, the self-existent Christ, was not forced to do these things. He willingly did them. Because of His overriding love for us.
My Advice – A man who likely had witnessed many such executions must have seen something very different in the death of this “man of sorrows.” For “when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, ‘Surely this man was the Son of God!’” (Mark 15:39, NIV 1984).
What about you? As you contemplate the crucifixion, what do you see? Or more importantly, who do you see? Jesus once asked His disciples two questions. “Who do people say I am?” and “who do you say I am?” Many people reject Him, but can you honestly consider His life, what He said, how He died and how He rose from the dead, and say anything other than “You are the Christ?”