Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

1 Corinthians Day 102 - Rank and Position

15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the first fruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He (Jesus) puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He (Jesus) must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For “He (Jesus) has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him (Jesus),” it is evident that He (God the Father) who put all things under Him (Jesus) is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to Him(Jesus), then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him (Go who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

We are told in Scripture that Satan was originally a glorious angel named Lucifer. He was very close to God. He occupied a high position. It wasn't enough. He wanted more. He wanted to be above God. The notion is nonsensical. How can a created being be above the One who created him? Of course sin never makes sense anyway. 

Jesus is the complete opposite. He was one with His Father. He could not be higher. The book of Hebrews tells us Jesus had no need to seek equality with God but instead did something very different. He chose to move in the opposite direction. He went down. Down past the exalted position Lucifer had had. Past all the angels. Past the humans of high rank. Past the humans of low rank. He was born to a poor family, from the worst town in Galilee, with His first bed a feeding trough. 

As He grew he sought no position. He had no formal education. Even when people began to realize He was no ordinary person and disciples began to follow Him he continued to be a servant leader, even washing their feet before ultimately surrendering Himself to His enemies and dying the naked shameful death of a common criminal. He did it all for love. 

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Death could not hold Him. He proved that life was in His power and death was an enemy brought into the universe through sin. It would see it's end. Jesus is the proof that the day will come when death, funerals, and graves are no more. But that time is not yet. Death will be conquered once for all time when He returns. There is much confusion about that in the Christian world but the Bible is clear. Lazarus died, the friend of Jesus and brother of Martha and Mary. When Jesus said he would rise again Martha said "I know he will rise on the last day." Martha knew how it worked. When Jesus did the unusual and called him back from death he did not call him down from heaven or up from hell. He awoke him from the sleep of death and called him out of the tomb. Read Hebrews 11 and ponder the last verses. Read Peter's sermon at Pentecost in Acts 2. The dead are all sleeping in their graves. They will all be awakened at the same time. All God's believing children will enter heaven together. It will be the most glorious day, and the most wonderful reunion of all history. Faithful Abraham has been sleeping for thousands of years. God has not been able to talk to His friend in all that time. 

But that's not the most amazing truth contained in our verses today. The most amazing part is Jesus. He stepped down from equality with His Father to be one with us and He will never fully ascend back to His former position. His sacrifice of descent was not temporary. It was eternal. His victory over sin and Satan has exalted Him. Everything will be under His dominion again but Jesus Himself is forever one with us. The scars will remain. He is our elder brother. There's a song I love and it goes like this: "He came down to our level, when we couldn't get up to His, with a strong arm He lifted us up and He showed us what living is."

Living is serving. Love is putting no limits on how far one goes to rescue. Satan loved position. Jesus loves His children. The two perspectives couldn't be more opposite. Jesus did none of it to gain a kingdom. He had more position and power before He came than He will ever have again. Jesus did it because Love would do no less.

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