The Example of Christ
Jesus said if you obey my commands you will remain in my love; He said just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and abide in His love. Jesus was obedient to the Father and experienced the great love that the Father has. They had a great relationship because of His obedience.
Jesus is saying to each one of us, if we obey His commands and be obedient to Christ we will abide in the love of Christ as He abided in the love of the Father.
We know the cross was not the end. That was simply the entrance into glory. When we put a cross up as a symbol, we put an empty cross because Jesus rose again and His death on the cross was not the final word.
It was an entrance to the glorification and victory of Jesus Christ. It was because Jesus defeated death on the cross that we celebrate New Life in Christ. It was because of His obedience that we have Good News and a story to tell.
Seeking our own glory ends in destruction. Adam and Eve sought their own glory and it brought the fall of the human race. But Jesus Christ thought of others and it meant salvation and redemption available to the human race.
We have seen Jesus in humility. Now we see that He is exalted. He is raised high above all others. God responded to Christ’s humility and obedience. Jesus who was betrayed and died on the cross is now exalted.
Verse 9 says, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name.” Jesus’ exaltation is complete. He is given the highest name.
We read in verses 10-11, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Jesus went through the humiliation. He was obedient. In response to this obedience God exalted Him to the highest.
It is the way of glory through the cross. The Bible calls all of us to crucify ourselves, to take up our cross daily. We are to die to our own needs and our selfish interest. We are to crucify our own selfish interests that we might live to Christ.
We’ll conclude tomorrow.