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Last week I began a series of sermons on ďThe Journey To The CrossĒ wherein I talked about how we get started on the Journey and how we continue on the Journey from Luke 9:23-25. I mentioned that we need to come to an experiential awareness of what the cross means in our lives today.

In this sermon I want you to see another biblical picture of The Journey To The Cross in ďJesus Journey to the CrossĒ as revealed in Philippians 2:5-11. This is a snapshot of Jesus journey to the cross and your journey will mirror Jesus Journey. Our cross will correlate with His cross. That is to say, we need to come to an experiential awareness of the cross through, humility, suffering, and brokenness. Thatís what Jesus did and thatís where we must go on our journey to the Cross.

The point we need to see today is, when God is breaking us, we need to give up all rights during that process of brokenness. We have to give up all rights to defend ourselves, because itís God whoís at work in us, itís He who is breaking us. When Jesus went to the cross, He had to give up all rights to be accepted. He had to be willing to be rejected. When Jesus went to the cross he went through tremendous rejection. I mean when you think about it, one of his best friends, Peter, denied him three times. In fact, a lot of the people turned on Jesus because He wasnít fulfilling their dreams of rescuing them from the Romans. When Jesus went to the cross He had to leave behind his mother and brothers. And the three friends who went to pray with Him fell asleep on Him. He was misunderstood and even when He was dying, He cried out, ďMy God, my God, Why hast Thou forsaken me?Ē He felt rejected by His own Father. So before we look at our continuing journey and in the midst of this context, letís look at Jesus journey to the Cross. As we do the first thing we need to see is:

I. The ATTITUDE of Jesus as He took His Journey vv.5-6

Have you ever thought about why God picked the experiences He did for Jesus to have on the way to the cross? Why did those exact things happen to Him? Why werenít there other things? Why were those particular things prophesied and told beforehand. Well, it seems to me that God hand picked those things in order to allow us to know what we might have to suffer as God breaks us and sets us free from our "Selves." Because in Philippians 3:8-10 Paul testifies, ďI count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own . . . but that which comes through faith in Christ . . . that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death...Ē Do you see, that what we go through is going to conform us not only to his sufferings, but his death. This is so that His death can be experienced as our death (identification).

Now, in our text one of the first things God tells us is that we have to have an attitude.