Submission to the Father

“And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt” (v. 39).
We have this idea that Jesus went through His life, happily looking forward to the cross. We sing, “He had no tears for His own grief, but sweat- drops of blood for mine,” from Charles Gabriel’s otherwise wonderful hymn “My Savior’s Love.” In these last moments, before He would begin rushing headlong for the cross, Jesus was asking His Father if there was any other way. Jesus did not want to go through the agony of crucifixion.
We get several English words from the Latin crux. One of them is “excruciating,” which we use to describe unbearable pain. Unbearable pain was the point of crucifixion. Nails were driven through the wrists and ankles, but that was only the beginning. The nails were driven in such a way that one was supported by the nail in the ankles, but had to pull one’s self up on the nails in the wrist in order to breathe. Very often the victim had been whipped, so the lacerated back scraped up and down the rough wood of the cross. Added to this was the humiliation of being naked and held up for public spectacle.
Why would Jesus submit Himself to the Father’s will and embrace the cross? Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus went to the cross “for the joy set before him.” The joy set before Him was the salvation of sinners. His obedience even to death has saved us. (Randy J. Bland)

How marvelous, how wonderful! And my song shall ever be: How marvelous, how wonderful! Is my Savior’s love for me. — Charles Gabriel

Will you follow Jesus’ example and be obedient to the Father?

2018-08-08T09:00:15+00:00August 8th, 2018|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , |0 Comments

Submission – A Key Christian Principle

In "Word Focus" Glenn McClure writes:

Clearly the key word in the text from 1 Peter 2 is the often-maligned word submit. A quick survey of its forty-one occurrences in the New Testament will show what a key concept submission is in the entirety of the Christian life. It was an attitude that Jesus modeled for us by submitting to His parents (Luke 2:51). Hupotasso is a military term that suggests order and arrangement. It does not imply surrender, but a plan of attack. Jowett states that submission “is not the bending of reeds but the devotion of giants” (The Epistles of St. Peter). In support of that idea is the fact that to submit is consistent with and parallel to “honor” (v. 17). When we fail to submit, we are not only “out of line,” but we are also an embarrassment to the entire unit, and especially to the one who is in charge.

Source: Building Christian Relationships: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 76.

2017-05-25T09:00:00+00:00May 25th, 2017|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments

Love and Submission

In "Biblical Perspective" Larry Grile writes:

The highest ideal of love is that we love our neighbors as ourselves (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 22:39). This means that we transfer the love we naturally have for ourselves to include having a caring and thoughtful regard for others. This kind of love should be most evident in marriage. Husbands need to express their love verbally and practically every day. Women are usually more loving than men, and they also need the security of being loved. It is much easier for a wife to be submissive when a man truly loves and affirms her. Reverence includes the ideas of submission, respect, and deference. God has so made men that they need and desire these qualities in a woman, but they cannot require them. Reverence is needed because man is the authority and head of the home. Respectful submission is part of a woman's submission to God. Husbands can lead only when wives will follow. A woman is much easier to love when she is submissive, respectful, and affectionate. Only as men love and lead, and women respect and follow, can marriage reach the joyful and fulfilling ideal it was meant to be.

Source: Building Christian Relationships: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 53.

2017-04-29T09:18:00+00:00April 29th, 2017|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: , |0 Comments


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