Monday, 1 September 2008
The other night, as I was finishing my reading through Mark, I was reading chapter 15, and it was talking about how Jesus was being crucified, and the people were mocking him. As I read, I felt discontent with just "knowing" the story. I asked God to show me something new, "God, this passage is so familiar, please show me something deeper". As I read, I thought about how easy it would have been for Jesus to get off the cross and prove His identity to the people. They mocked him saying, "he saved others, can't he save himself?" I just kept thinking how it was not even a question as to whether or not He could come down from the cross and prove to them that He is the Son of God, and then it dawned on me that He just submitted Himself to the will of the Father. By doing so still expressed his Lordship; the Roman official even said, "surely this was the Son of God". Through this God spoke to me and it dawned on my that I don't have to do anything to prove my worth to people either. When I humbly submit myself to the will of the Father, my identity in Christ shows through. I don't have to prove anything, because I am grounded in Him and in submission is evidence of my heavenly relations.