Summary: The Father has brought victory through the obedience of His one and only Son.
Paul says Christ is the eternal God, who laid aside His eternal rights to fulfill His eternal purpose of seeing all creation bring glory to Him as men and women walk in intimate love relationship with their Creator. We considered how God took on flesh in the person of Christ to bring us a revelation of Himself and of how He has designed life to be lived.
We looked at how He came to do what we could not do for ourselves. He came to rescue us from our sin. He lived a sinless life and ended that life by dying a sacrificial death on the cross, where He dealt with the problem of sin, so we might have a personal relationship with God.
In verse 8 Paul says that Jesus was “obedient unto death, even death on a cross.” Jesus obeyed the Father’s plan to rescue the human race. As is always the case with choosing to obey God, Jesus trusted the Father completely. Specifically, Jesus trusted the Father to do two things - to bring victory through Him and to bring vindication to Him.
Today, let’s consider how the Father brought victory through the obedience of His one and only Son.
A. The Father has brought victory through Him.
Jesus obeyed the Father, trusting that the Father would provide a joyous victory over sin, hell, Satan, and death.
“He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven.”
- Hebrews 12:2 (NLT)
1) By His crucifixion, Jesus won victory over sin and hell.
The human race is corrupted by sin.
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” - Romans 3:23 (NLT)
“No one is acceptable to God!” - Romans 3:10 (CEV)
Consequently, we are all under the condemnation of eternal death.
“The wages of sin is death” - Romans 6:23 (NIV)
“God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.” - Ephesians 5:6 (NIV)
But Jesus came to erase the problem of sin and to endure the penalty for sin. He did this by His crucifixion, where He experienced our hell for us, so we wouldn’t have to.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” - Romans 5:8-9 (NIV)
God’s wrath against sin was poured out upon Christ at Calvary, so that it need not be poured out upon us for all eternity.
When John the Baptist identified Jesus as the Messiah, He called Him the “Lamb of God.”
“Look! There is the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world!” - John 1:29 (Amplified)
Paul also referred to Christ as our “Passover Lamb.”
“Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us.” - 1 Corinthians 5:7 (NLT)
The expression, “Lamb of God,” or “Passover lamb,” has a rich Old Testament background. The “Passover lamb,” was sacrificed at the time of Israel’s exodus from Egypt. God was going to send the death angel through Egypt, and the first born of each family would be put to death. However, the Lord told Moses to have the people sacrifice a lamb “without defect” (Exodus 12:5). They were instructed to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorway to their homes. On that night, they were to eat the roasted lamb, along with unleaven bread and some herbs. The Lord said, “when I see the blood, I will pass over you” (Exodus 12:13 NIV). What a beautiful picture this is of those who have placed their faith in Christ.