Verse: And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:8, New American Standard Bible)
When my kids were small, I took them to swim lessons. Trained instructors demonstrated how to perform each stroke. But there was something my kids didn’t know about their instructors. They were also certified life guards. Before my kids got in the water, I wanted to know their instructors could save them from drowning, if needed. A demonstration of how to swim wouldn’t be much help to someone who was drowning.
We’re all swimmers in the Sea of Life. In the beginning we dip our toes in the water. Then we get braver and venture out further. We may even try to swim to the other side of the pool. But suddenly we reach the middle and feel scared. Temptation, worry, and doubt drag us down. We yell for help. Jesus, our Lifeguard, quickly swims to our side. He secures us next to his body and delivers us safely to the edge of the pool.
It wasn’t enough that Jesus gave us a good example of how to live. He had to become our Savior by dying on the cross. By doing so, He showed us that we could trust Him with our lives.
Prayer: God, thank you for allowing your Son to die on the cross so that we might have life. His obedience and love for us is overwhelming. Help us to be worthy of it. Amen.