25 Names of Christ Celebration - Day 4
Updated: Dec 21, 2020
"And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
The Father sent His Son." 1 John 4:14
Yesterday we explored what Christ came to do--to bring salvation to the lost and broken world. Today, we begin to explore that further by looking at why He came.
Yes, Christ took on human flesh to be the sacrifice for our sins because it was the only way for mankind to have the debt for sin paid once and for all. But Christ also came to earth as a human because the Father asked Him to. Christ certainly knew the pain He would endure when He laid down His life for us, but He loved the Father enough to obey, even when faced with a brutal, humiliating death. And, He trusted the Father enough to know that if the Father asked Him to do something, it was right and would glorify God. And, bringing glory to God is what all creation should strive for!
I'll be honest, there are many things the Father asks me to do things that are out of my comfort zone. Nothing extreme like death by crucifixion, but assignments that might stretch me physically, mentally, or emotionally or perhaps "inconvenience" me. I would love to say that my answer to the Father's requests is always a passionate "yes," but the truth is, sometimes I begrudgingly obey. Even worse, sometimes, I refuse to obey.
I am so thankful that Christ Jesus the Son, loved and trusted the Father enough to say "yes" to the plan for our salvation! Aren't you? Knowing He obeyed even to the point of an excruciatingly painful death makes me sad for all of the times I haven't chosen to submit to God's desires for my life.
Today, we encourage you to take a few minutes to reflect on Christ the Son's obedience to the Father and praise Him for that! The Son's obedience brought our salvation! Hallelujah! He deserves our praise!
Next, spend a few minutes asking the Father if there's something He's asking you to do that you haven't wholly, passionately said "yes" to. If there is something He requests of you, we encourage you to say "yes" to Him today! Because what the Father asks of you may not be easy, it may not be comfortable, it may not be convenient, but it will always be for His glory! And glorifying the Father should be our heart's desire.