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Today, we mark the end of the Journey of Lent through Christ's Passion death and resurrection. The
Lord is risen Indeed! As we ponder on the theme of obedience, we find no better example of obedience greater than Jesus's obedience through the temptations in the wilderness and eventually his suffering and death. However, because of this exceptional obedience, death could not hold him in the grave. He rose from the dead. The women who went to anoint him on the first day of the week were struck with this reality of Christ's resurrection from the dead with amazement. Christ was not powerless, neither was He weak, but He completely humbled himself and became obedient unto death even, death on the cross. Hence God so highly exhalted him. Paul in this connection exhorts believers ,''Let this mind be in you ,which was in Christ Jesus '' Phil 2:5. Jesus honored the authority of His Father through complete obedience. A very clear but seldom pondered truth of the New Testament is that Christ's entire life and ministry were orchestrated by His Father and that Jesus was careful to carry out every detail according to the will of His Father. “Then I said, 'Behold, I have come . . . to do thy will, O God'” (Hebrews 10:7). The following examples exemplify Christ's obedience:

1. His coming to earth was an act of obedience to His Father. His life and ministry focused on the will of the Father. “That the world may know that I love the Father,'' (John 14:31)

2. All that Jesus did and said was exactly what His Father wanted Him to do and say. “For I did not speak on my own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me commandment, what to say, and what to speak” (John 12:49)

3. All that Christ did in His life on earth was done according to the Scriptures. “Now this took place that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled” (Matthew 21:4)

4. He learned obedience experientially so we would have an “older brother” (Jesus is called the “firstborn among many brethren”), a high priest who can fully be sympathetic and empathetic with our situation. “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15)

5. Going to the cross demonstrated obedience. “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8) Jesus illustrates by His own life the need to be under authority. The passion and the death of Christ therefore puts a demand on our lives as we respond in faith on life situations that demand our obedience.

Therefore, obedience must become our disposition that guides our Christian life and witness. However, as we endeavor to do this in accordance to God's will we must remember that: When we come to Christ for help, we know that He will be sympathetic to our needs. “Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).Obedience is a deliberate choice that we make .In the Disciples' Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13), Jesus tells us to desire to do the Father's will. “Pray, then, in this way: 'Our Father, who art in heaven, . . . thy will be done” (Matthew 6:9–10). It is not enough just to recognize the authority of Scripture as the voice of God. God wants us to honor that authority by our own obedience.

In fact, Jesus makes obedience to the Father a condition of our relationship with Him: “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother” (Matthew 12:50). May the Lord help us to make deliberate choices to obey him in every situation with full assurance that He will indeed walk with us all the way to VICTORY! HAPPY AND BLESSED EASTER.

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