From my journal this morning, Good Friday:
“Most of all, Lord, thank you for your example of obedience…first in humbling yourself to become a man and then obedience to death – even death on a cross (Philippians). No fanfare. No’just wait and see.’ No attention to Yourself. You humbly submitted and totally trusted the Father. May I follow Your example. Increase the capacity of my heart to love more and better. May I honor You alone. Amen.’
It’s not about me. It’s all about Him. And today the world remembers the true definition of obedience. To catch a glimpse of His glory and majesty and power at the Transfiguration and to literally fall on their faces when they audibly heard God’s voice…that gives a greater insight into what Christ’s obedience really was. It was no fall from grace. He didn’t say with pride ‘You want me to be like THEM?!’ He just said ‘Not my will but Thine be done.’ He knew He’d be tortured. He knew He’d be killed. And He never said ‘Father, are you really going to take me out of the grave in 3 days? Are you sure? Because if You’re not then we need to renegotiate.’ No……..it wasn’t about Him……..it was about obedience. And the nature of true obedience is an absolute denial of self-interest and self-preservation. So when we are to obey our parents and honor others, that’s obedience to the Word….and we need to model absolute denial of self-interest and self-preservation.
May we obey more fully today and learn more what it means to TOTALLY trust the Father by obeying Him.