Obedience and the Life of Jesus
And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him . . . Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Joh_8:29 and Col_1:27)
Our Lord Jesus wants His followers to live in obedience to His will: “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Mat_28:20). Our Lord is also with us every step of our pilgrimage, granting us His grace unto obedience. “I am with you always . . . through whom we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith” (Mat_28:20 and Rom_1:4-5). This is also the way that Jesus lived here on earth in relationship with His heavenly Father. “And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” The Father was with the Son, as the Son lived to please the Father.
Jesus came to earth to live in humble dependence upon, and full obedience to, the Father. “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Php_2:8). Even though obedience led to the cross, Jesus obeyed the will of the Father. In the garden of Gethsemane, the obedient Son wrestled with the implications of the impending cross. The holy, eternal One was to taste the cup of sin and death for all of us. His entire being was repulsed by that which was so contrary to His nature. “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death . . . O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me” (Mat_26:38-39). Yet, He obediently yielded to the Father’s will. “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Mat_26:39). This is the ultimate example of obedience.
This same Jesus (who always pleased the Father, even unto death) now lives in us. This same Jesus is our “hope of glory.” He is our hope (expectation, confidence) of making it to glory (heaven) some day. He is also our hope of walking in any heavenly reality here on the way to glory. He is our hope of an obedient life.
Obedience is essentially related to the life of Jesus. The life Jesus lived on earth is our perfect example of obedience. The life He now wants to live in and through us is our glorious hope of obedience.
Lord Jesus, I look at Your life on earth and I see the obedience that I yearn to experience. I know that I can not produce such a life on my own. I think of You living in me, and I have hope that I can grow in obedience. So, I place my hope in You to express Your obedient heart in and through my choices, my words, my actions, my entire life, Amen.