There is a subtle attack on Christianity that is happening from within. It has the appearance of good, but is as evil as Cain’s offering of self-worship.
It has shown up in our worship songs, hymns, prayers, testimonies and sermons. I believe that once you see it as a true follower of Jesus Christ and understand it, you will become disgusted by it and sensitive to it.
You have heard the songs, “When He was on the cross, I was on His mind’, or more recently, “Like a rose trampled on the ground, He took the fall and thought of me above all.”
We are trying to convince ourselves that Jesus primary thoughts and love were focused upon us, and out of that love, He died to redeem us. See how natural and right that sounds?
Let’s look at Jesus’ prayer and battle going in to His important trial.
Joh 17:4-5 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
He also prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” Luke 22:42.
Jesus tells us that our obedience is to glorify the Father. “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” John 15:7-8
The Apostle Paul said it was through obedience to God that Jesus suffered and died. “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8.
I believe that what was on Jesus’ mind was to obey the Father, for that is how the Father received glory. Jesus had already stated that He did nothing of His own, but only that which the Father directed, a recurring theme in His message.
“So Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.’” John 5:19-20.
Jesus death, burial and resurrection were not primarily about us except in this way: Our redemption glorifies the Father, and with it, the Father glorifies the Son. To make it primarily about us is the wrong religion. It places mankind at the center of our theology, the same as Cain, Esau, Ahab and Jezebel.
Despite the beauty of the songs, when Jesus was on the cross, the Father was on His mind. When Jesus was like “a rose trampled on the ground, He took the fall, and He thought of” the Father “most of all.”
The Father is the reason Jesus came. Glorifying the Father is why you are offered salvation. It is the reason He left you here to serve Him. How can you glorify the Father and Son with your life today?