Obedient Unto Death

Before the world was made, the Son was always with his Father enjoying joyful communion in the Spirit. However, the Son was chosen to be God with us as one of us. And in obedience to his Father, he came among us in deep lowliness. He actually descended from his joyful communion with the Father into a world that is alienated from God. He came to turn us from estrangement into the communion of joyful love for which we were created.

Jesus accomplished his mission as a lowly servant who was totally obedient. His obedience flowed from a deep love for the one he called Father. His life was a constant expression of worship as he offered himself freely to do his Father’s will. He came into the midst of a disordered, distorted, and divided world living faithfully towards his Father in thankfulness, praise, and adoration. His whole life was an offering of total devotion towards his Father in the Spirit.

All this came to its climax in his obedience unto death in which he offered himself freely as the sacrifice for sin on our behalf. This is the one who loved his Father and gave himself fully to his Father even unto death on the cross. This is the one who, in loving his Father, loved us and gave himself for us on the cross. His whole intention was to turn us from our rejection of God into glad communion with his Father in the Spirit. May we now give ourselves freely to this God becoming the community that was intended all along.

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