“He humbled Himself, obediently accepting even death, death on a cross! Because of this, God highly exalted Him.” –Philippians 2:8-9

John’s Gospel particularly highlights the exaltation of the cross of Jesus. John proclaims that the cross is:

  • the throne from which King Jesus inaugurates His victorious Kingdom. On the cross, Jesus is publicly, officially, and universally proclaimed as King, in no less than three languages (Jn 19:19-22),
  • a place of healing (Jn 3:14),
  • the catalyst for faith leading to eternal life (Jn 3:15),
  • where we finally recognize that Jesus is God (Jn 8:28),
  • the place where Jesus draws all to Himself (Jn 12:32),
  • where King Jesus commissions Mary as the Queen Mother, who in the Old Testament has royal authority, to disciple and serve as a mother to His subjects (Jn 19:26),]
  • the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy (Jn 19:24), and
  • the victor’s stand from which Jesus speaks of accomplishment, completion, and final triumph (Jn 19:30).

As a subject of King Jesus, you are called to bear a daily cross (Lk 9:23). Do you carry your cross in such a way that it proclaims to everyone that “Jesus Christ is Lord”? (Phil 2:11) You are blessed with the unspeakable privilege of sharing in the victorious cross of King Jesus (Phil 1:29). Therefore, glory in the cross and carry your cross so as to triumph (1 Cor 9:24).

PRAYER: King Jesus, grant that I may carry my cross in a way that proclaims You as Victor rather than a heartless taskmaster.

PROMISE: “He, being merciful, forgave their sin.” –Ps 78:38

PRAISE: “We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.”

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