What in the world are we doing here on a beautiful Saturday evening standing in the mud? Some of us are working. Leading multiple worship services the week before Easter is our job, so we have to be here! But what about you? Why are you here tonight?
Life can be inconvenient, even hard, and being a Christian can sometimes be really hard! Especially when you consider what else you could be doing—your own thing rather than all the difficult and unpopular things Jesus calls you believe, say, and do. So why do we follow Jesus? For a lot of happy reasons I’m sure: his promises of blessing, resurrection, and glory! But the Bible says, and the whole life trajectory of the Son of God shows, that to follow Jesus is to walk a road of humiliation that leads to the destination of exaltation. Some have asked if it’s possible to rejoice at Christ’s empty tomb without first bowing at Christ’s cross. Or, “Can you be an Easter Christian without also being a Good Friday Christian?” Our Bible text today, Philippians 2:5-11, beautifully and poetically illustrates an important truth about life by answering these questions. Just as God’s Son humbled himself by refusing to cling to his heavenly position, and chose to follow God’s plan to become the crucified man Jesus Christ, so all who follow Christ must also adopt his humble mindset. When God rewarded his Son with the highest honor, he showed humility precedes exaltation. Continue reading