And being found in human form,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
On Sunday, March 4, Pastor Tim Prince preached on Philippians 2.1-11, closing out our series entitled Just Like Me (You can view or listen to the sermon and the series online). In the sermon, Pastor Prince talked about how the secret is out. What secret? The secret is that we are flawed, deeply flawed. This is the secret we try to keep from others. We can rationalize it in our heads (no one is perfect), but when it comes down to it, we don't like others knowing that we are flawed.
We are sinners. Saved by grace, but still sinners. We must acknowledge this to follow Jesus, because it matches what we know to be true about ourselves, and also, because Jesus' whole mission was to die and rise again for our sin.
How great is our sin? It took the death of God's perfect Son, Jesus of Nazareth to die in our place on a Roman cross. The death of Jesus, a willing substitute for us and our sin, makes it possible for God to declare us righteous, though we have sinned. God is just and the one who justifies sinners, who trust in Jesus.
As I listened to Pastor Prince's sermon, I was reminded of a John Newton quote (the author of “Amazing Grace”).
Newton said, “Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.”
As you remember Jesus' humble death on a wretched Roman cross, may you be reminded that yes you are a great sinner, but even more you have a great savior.