Journey to the Cross
Friday, March 4
Dee Dee Rhodes, member of RPC since 2011
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of humans. - Philippians 2:5-7
When I begin the process of preparing my heart for the death and resurrection of Jesus I immediately think of His pain and suffering. What He did for each one of us is beyond what we could ever grasp or comprehend. His journey to the cross was a complete sacrifice for us. He put Himself last for you and me. In fact, He was so devoted to us that He disregarded His own will, emotions, and desires. Through His pain and suffering He never considered that He was really one in the same with God and the Holy Spirit. He carried on through the journey that God had planned and took on our sins - ALL of our sins so that we could experience eternal life.
During this Lenten Season when we reflect on Jesus let's focus on His complete sacrifice and the ultimate love He has shown us. My favorite Scripture is the prayer found in Ephesians 3:14-21 written by Paul while in prison. Paul prayed these words for the Ephesians:
"For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner person; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to the one who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen"
These two passages have become very personal to me. Over the years I've written these beautiful words to family and friends praying for them and asking God to show them how much God loves them. God became OUR bond-servant which illustrates the "breadth and length and height and depth" of God's selfless love for us.
Lord, Help us to take the words of Paul to heart and let them seep into our souls for each other. Amen