E. Stanley Jones, the famous Methodist missionary to India, once spent the night in the Garden of Gethsemane.
As Jones prayed and meditated on the crucifixion of Jesus, he responded in worshipful praise.
Yesterday’s blog article considered the most unusual man who walked the face of the earth, Jesus Christ.
Rudy Ross reminds us in today’s YouTube video that at any moment of Jesus’ cross experience, he could have destroyed the world and started Creation all over again.
Instead, Jesus took the path of self-giving love that resulted in our salvation.
Worthy of Praise
The unusual character of Jesus that was displayed on the cross is worthy of praise. The Father initiated the chorus of praise for his Son.
Philippians 2.9-11 – Therefore God exalted him even more highly
and gave him the name
that is above every other name,
So that at the name given to Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
And every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
The “name” of a person represents their character. We say that someone has a “good name.”
The goodness of Jesus’ character is lifted to the highest level by the very One who has authority to do so, God.
Seven hundred years earlier, Isaiah prophesied the exaltation of the Suffering Servant. Chapter 53 details the experience of the Servant’s suffering.
The last verse declares God’s reward for his Servant.
Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out himself to death
and was numbered with the transgressors,
yet he bore the sin of many
and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53.12)
The Second Psalm
The second Psalm identifies the attitudes and actions of world system powers that oppose God and his Anointed.
Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and his anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast their cords from us.” (Psalm 2.1-3)
“Christ” is Greek and “Messiah” is Hebrew and speaks of God’s anointed. The rulers of the earth opposed Jesus because he was a threat to their power.
Opponents of the Christ/Messiah/the Anointed One fight to be free from his control, so they can enrich themselves at the expense of the less fortunate.
Psalm 2 declares that every knee will bow to the exalted Lord when he assumes his rule.
I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have begotten you.
“Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage
and the ends of the earth your possession.
“You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” (Psalm 2.7-9)
O Worship the King
Rufus Moseley spoke of people who “lived in heaven on their way to heaven.” He also talked about people who “lived in hell on their way to hell.”
When we seek to establish a life separate from the will of God, we find ourselves living in hell on the way to hell.
When we recognize Jesus’ rule and serve him with joy, we live in heaven on the way to heaven.
One day, we will kneel and confess that Jesus is Lord. Why not begin declaring his lordship over our lives today?
Why not seek to experience the reality of heaven, as we are on the way to heaven?
In today’s YouTube video, Rudy Ross and I talk about this passage. The video can be found on the Bob Spradling channel.
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