Verse 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,
As we learned yesterday, part of our being obedient requires us to make the choice to obey Him instead of obeying our sinful desires. We also mentioned that Jesus had to make that choice too.
Jesus was the most obedient person to have ever lived, but He didn’t just obey human authority, He was ultimately obedient to God and that should be an inspiration to us. His obedience took Him to a place that ours likely won’t, death on a cross. This had been their plan for years, since before the world was created but He still had to take the steps of obedience to make it happen.
He could have used many different excuses. “Father, You don’t realize how hard it is for them to live holy like us.” Or maybe, “Now that I’m human I know that it will be painful to have to die that way.” But any of the excuses He could have come up with, would have made it so that we would remain in our sinful state with no hope of an eternity with Him.
They had set up the cost of sin to be death. Through the law given to Moses They had set up a way to pay for sin through a substitute’s blood. The blood of a perfect animal, chosen according to the law, would be sprinkled on the altar to pay for the various sins the people had committed. But that wasn’t a long term solution. Jesus knew that He, alone, was the long term solution.
It was for this reason that He knew He must obey the Father and carry out the plan to the end. Our sin had to be paid for and this was the way to do it once and for all. It would be painful to His human body. Being betrayed would hurt His human heart. Being separated from the Father as He bore the sins we commit would have torn Him apart. Pain that we can’t even begin to imagine was His reality and yet He chose to obey because of His love for us. Our love for Him should be evident in our obedience to Him and only then will we begin to understand this dance of working out our salvation.
Making It Personal
Does seeing the level of Jesus’ obedience encourage you to be more obedient? Have you ever suffered pain for your obedience? What steps of obedience are you needing to make in your life?
Making It Personal Kids
What did Jesus do to obey? What do you do to obey? How can you obey Jesus today?
Father, we have the perfect example of obedience through Jesus coming and dying for us. Give us a desire to obey and help us be listening for the Holy Spirit’s convicting voice. In Jesus’ name, amen.