Lent Day 3: Jesus’ Response to Control

If anyone was entitled to control his life it was Jesus.  After all,He was God.  But in order to carry out the divine plan He had to fully release control of His own life. Paul does a remarkable job of summing up what He did:

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who,although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality withGod a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of abond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Phil 2:5-8)

Paul tells us to have this same attitude as Christ.  He tells us to release control.  The fruit of releasing control is that we have the opportunity to become like Jesus.  He set the ultimate example of a surrendered life when he released control of His own destiny.  It didn’t come easy, even for Jesus.  In His final days on earth Jesus asked the Father if there was another way, He didn’t want to die on across.  But He did it so that we could experience life as it was intended, with God in control.

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