The Example of Christ
Jesus was human like other men, yet He was different in that He was perfectly obedient. He never was disobedient at any time to what God would have for Him. He lived always in the will of God. Jesus’ obedience went to the ultimate, that of death. He was obedient unto death. There is the ultimate test of obedience.
Here we see Jesus set the ultimate example of obedience. He was obedient to the point of death. His whole mission in coming to earth was about that death on the cross. He came to die.
He was obedient and never shrank from His mission, which included death. He went beyond merely death, but He died a shameful death, a death of crucifixion; the most degrading death known. It was torturous and shameful. It was to be a curse to die on a cross. Jesus was willing to go to that extreme of death on a cross.
Today when someone is sentenced to death it is through a lethal injection. A death that is painless and private. The cross was the extreme of torture, the most painful and public. They chose the cross because it was the most disgraceful death. Jesus was obedient to death, even death on a cross.
What a contrast to go from a throne of glory to a death as dishonorable as the cross; to be God all-powerful and to go to the cross seemingly helpless. To be the savior of the world and to die on the cross and be mocked when they said, “You saved others why don’t you save yourself?” What an example of obedience Jesus showed.
It was because of your sin and my sin and God’s love that Jesus took this step of obedience. His soul was overwhelmed with sorrow. Jesus Christ fell on His face and said to His Father, if it is possible let this cup pass from me. Let me not go through this on the cross, nevertheless, not my will but yours. It was an example of complete and willing obedience.
If Christ was willing to do this for you and me shouldn’t we live in obedience for Him? That is how Paul wanted to motivate the Philippians to be obedient. He used the example of Jesus and His ultimate obedience to the Father.
This should be an example for all of us to commit ourselves to complete obedience to Jesus Christ.