(a reminder that if you are joining me in Good Friday fasting, it begins tonight after supper and ends Saturday with breakfast)
Just before his death Jesus instituted the New Covenant. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matt 26:27) Jesus accomplished in the New Covenant what the Old Covenant was not adequate to do – defeat sin. This required Jesus’ full release of control in order for the New Covenant to be established. He had to give up his very life so that real life could be possible for mankind.
If anyone was entitled to control His own destiny it was Jesus. After all, he was God. He should have been able to decide his own destiny. But as Paul so masterfully explains, Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! (Phil 2:6-8) Obedience to God the Father is the key statement of surrender in this text. Jesus gave up all his rights and privileges as the Son of God in order to fulfill the New Covenant. His obedience was greater than his entitlement. As I think about my own temptation to control I often put my alleged entitlement ahead of obedience. It seems that a practical way to release control in to allow obedience to dictate my decisions. In order to do this I must be in a growing relationship with God, becoming more and more aware of what His desire for my life is. As I grow in my understanding of obedience my propensity toward entitlement will fade away. Oh that I would be free of the sin of entitlement.