How amazing that Jesus loved me enough to go through the agony of the cross. Even more so because He is the King of kings and has the splendor of heaven in His experience and the armies of heaven at His command. Jesus took off the crown of heaven, became a human, lived a perfect life, then put on the crown of thorns along with the suffering of bearing our sins in His death on the cross. Considering all of this, I wonder how I could ever doubt His love for me! Maybe I’ve become “entitled” . . . it’s so easy to forget my place and start thinking that I somehow deserve a good life. I want comfort and ease. I’m tempted to tell God “No” when He asks something of me that will be difficult. Even though Jesus knew my sin, my selfishness, He still offered me salvation! Philippians 2:1-11 gives us a glimpse into what Jesus freely did for us as well as a challenge to live in humility:
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Because of the willingness of Jesus to take my place of suffering for sin, I get to enjoy adoption into the family of God. And it is an act of worship to humbly remember my complete inability to receive forgiveness apart from Jesus, and share the hope and forgiveness that I have received with others.
The status of a princess is mine and I can tell the enemy to leave me alone because God is my Father and my sins are covered by the blood of the Savior. And one day, when I get to heaven, I won’t be so worried about having the royal life or wearing a crown and being beautiful! I’ll join the elders bowing down before the thrown of God and give my crown to Jesus, saying (Revelation 4:8b, 11):
Holy, holy, holy, is the lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come! . . . . . . . Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created.”
Praise God! He has forgiven my pride. He continues to work in my heart, I am not what I used to be . . . but I am not what I will be either! He’s still working on me!
Thank You, Jesus, for the Cross!