I have been thinking a lot about the humility of Jesus, especially in the context of Him having all “power and authority” in heaven above and earth below.
In Philippians 2, we see clearly that Jesus is King of the Universe and never lost trust in the Father even when the “sin of the world” was placed on Him and their perfect fellowship was broken.
Your sin and mine was placed on the “Lamb of God” and the Father poured out His anger and wrath on His beloved Son … all to pay for sin so that forgiveness could be offered to the world.
This says to me that when the pressure was on Jesus to the point of sweating blood, He never played the “God Card” by asking for a “Plan B.” When He was held down and nails were driven into His hands, He didn’t use His power or authority to relieve His pain and take revenge on those who didn’t repent or honor Him.
One word, and they could be cast into Hell, but the text says, “He became obedient unto death—even death on the Cross” (Philippians 2:8).
We have a way of forgetting Who is God.
When Jesus stood before Pilate, who got angry because Jesus wasn’t answering his questions, Pilate says to Jesus, “Don’t You know that I have the power of life or death over You?” (John 19:10).
Jesus looked at Pilate and confidently responded, “You have no power over me unless it is given to you by My Father who is in heaven” (John 19:11).
In that moment, Jesus didn’t use his “God Card,” but trusted the Father’s will and “humbled Himself” to the shame of the Cross.
Oh, brothers and sisters, let’s commit to not play our “God Cards” like Pilate … using power plays to get what we wish. Let’s instead fight to stay in the presence of Christ Jesus and submit to His ways, His timing and His trustworthy will no matter what.
Let’s cling to our Savior’s love, knowing God’s grace will always grant “long-term blessing,” even if we drink the “cup of rejection” for a brief moment. Remember that God uses all things for His glory and our good.
Listen to how today’s the passage ends…
“…so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).
Remember our highest calling is the “glory of the Father,” and His glory is always for our highest good we live out the life of Jesus in a dark world.
Jesus is Lord. Every knee will bow to Him. Cling to Christ and the Holy Spirit will make your light shine so that people will see Jesus in your works and glorify your Father in heaven.