Wednesday 27th March
“Hands that flung stars into space, to cruel nails surrendered”
(Graham Kendrick: 1984)
Above is an extract from the song “From Heaven You came” written by one of my favourite Christian song writers, Graham Kendrick. This song truly depicts the magnificence of an Almighty Creator God, humbling Himself, taking the form of a human and being put to death by His very own creation. This particular extract summarises the servant heartedness of Jesus Christ. Truly His hands flung stars into space and truly He suffered and died as He was nailed to the cross to take our punishment for us.
What does it mean for you to hear that? Does it stir your heart or does it just make you sad? Or in fact do you even care at all?
Well the story didn’t end there. In fact the rest of the story is the best bit. DEATH could not keep Jesus down. He triumphantly rose again on that third day, defeating sin, shame, and death and now lives forever standing as your intercessor and mine.
Now what fills your heart? Is it still sadness, or is it joy?
Paul tells us in today’s passage found in Philippians that our attitudes and thoughts should be the same as that of Jesus Christ. Joy at His death and resurrection is great but that joy should lead us into imitating Christ in word and deed. How can we do that? Well first we must look at Jesus’ attitude. The NLT says in verse 5 that “though He was God, He did not think of equality as something to cling to. Instead He gave up His divine privileges. He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.”
Jesus made Himself of no reputation, emptied Himself out, and poured out His life for others. We see this throughout the testimony of His life, particularly through His triumphant procession into Jerusalem whilst riding on a humble colt. His ultimate goal was the cross and He went with joy. The cross that was reserved for a criminal’s death became the symbol for mankind’s restored relationship with God. How can we replicate this attitude in our own life? How can we have the same mind as this? Does it mean that we should go to the cross and get crucified? NO. Our attitude should be in humility and obedience to God through the way we live our lives and through the outward expressions of Christ’s inward change in our hearts.
Jesus came to serve not to be served. He came to seek and save the lost. He came to bring liberty to the captives and the oppressed. He came to set men free from the bondage of man made rules and give life and life in its fullness. There is joy in knowing He is resurrected but let the acceptance of that joy in your life both transform your attitudes in humility and obedience and lead you into action. You too can be part of serving mankind and bringing the joy of Christ’s resurrection into peoples lives and in your communities.