“Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Good Friday, the remembrance of Christ’s obedience. We celebrate Him being lifted up for our sins. First He descended from heaven humbling Himself in human form.
We are called to follow Him. We must humble ourselves to fulfill His purpose on this earth. I am starting to realize that looks different for each of us. My service to my spouse, family, and friends looks different than their service to me. If it looked the same I wouldn’t need them because I would be doing it myself.
For a long time I lived thinking I couldn’t except help from others, but Christ did. He let others help Him.
Peter caught the fish to pay the taxes they owed.
“When they came to Capernaum, those who collected the two-drachma tax came to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the two-drachma tax?” He *said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect customs or poll-tax, from their sons or from strangers?” When Peter said, “From strangers,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are exempt. However, so that we do not offend them, go to the sea and throw in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for you and Me.” Matthew 17:24-27
Jesus was anointed by the woman with the alabaster jar.
“Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table. But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, “Why this waste? For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me. For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me. For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial. Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her. Matthew 26:6-13
Mary washed His feet.
“Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” John 12:3
Jesus dined at others homes which meant someone else cooked for Him.
“Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.”
He trusted His mother to the care of John and John to the care of His mother.
“When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He *said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He *said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.” John 19:26-27
I realize that I need people. I’m still learning what that looks like, allowing others to fill my needs, just serve as I serve in meeting others needs. It is humbling to be obedient to God whether you’re serving or being served.
Prayer Lord, I want to be fully obedient to you. Humbled in service but also humbly served. Thank you for opening my eyes. Help me to see how to surrender the control and independence I think I have. I love you thank you for the cross.