Bron Supremacy Part 2

Posted: December 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

Wednesday – Read Philippians 2:8. HE OBEYED TO THE POINT OF DEATH. The Greek word for appearance here is schema, meaning an outer appearance, rather than “nature” or “essence.” Jesus was still God but He took on manhood. When Jesus took on a human body (that is, after he grew to manhood), he then humbled himself to accomplish that task for which he had come—to die for sinful humanity in order that they might have eternal life. All humans must die, but Jesus, as the divine Son, accepted death in obedience to the Father’s will. This does not mean that he was obedient “to death” as if death had any power over him; instead, Jesus obeyed the will of God to the point of death. Ask the Lord to give you the desire and courage to obey Him even if it means you have to give up everything this world holds dear.
Thursday – Read Philippians 2:8. HE FREELY CHOSE TO DIE FOR US. Jesus died the worst possible torture—death by crucifixion. Death on a cross was the form of capital punishment that Romans used for notorious criminals. It was excruciatingly painful and humiliating. Prisoners were nailed or tied to a cross and left to die. Death might not come for several days, and it usually came by suffocation when the weight of the weakened body made breathing more and more difficult. The writer to the Hebrews explained, “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered” (Hebrews 5:7-8 niv). Jesus’ human life was not a script that he passively followed. It was a life that he chose freely (John 10:17-18); it was a continuous process of making the will of God the Father his own. Jesus chose to obey, even though his obedience led to suffering and death. Ask the Lord to help you see the amount of suffering Jesus was willing to endure out of love for you.
Friday – Read Philippians 2:8. HE TOOK MY PUNISHMENT. But why did Jesus have to become human in the first place? Why did he have to die? A holy God cannot overlook sin. The sinfulness of humanity had to be punished. In the Old Testament, God required his people to sacrifice animals (“perfect” animals, healthy and whole) to atone for their sins. The costly sacrifice of an animal’s life impressed upon the sinner the seriousness of his or her sin before God. When animals’ blood was shed, God regarded the people’s faith and obedience, cleansed them, and made them ceremonially clean. Why blood? There is no greater symbol of life than blood; blood keeps us alive. “For the life of a creature is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11 niv). At the right time, God dealt once and for all with sin and its ultimate consequence, death and eternal separation from God. Instead of sending all humanity to eternal punishment, God took the punishment himself through the life and body of Jesus. Thank the Lord for His holiness and for His grace. Thank Jesus for His sacrifice on your behalf to reconcile you to the Father.

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