"And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place...to the glory of God the Father."
(Philippians 2:8-9a, 11b)
Late fall is a season of both death and glory. We see it everywhere in the four-season climates as dying leaves exchange their summer green for shades of gold, orange and crimson. In their full glory, some trees are so radiant that in the sunshine, you can hardly look at them – or take your eyes off them. But even in the splendor of their autumn foliage, we realize their brilliance will soon fade, and those leaves will fall.
The spiritual relationship between dying and glory is inseparable. We see this most beautifully in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We see it first when He, “who, being in very nature God” died to His own self-interest and “made himself nothing.” In humble obedience, He physically died on the cross by aligning His own will to His Father’s will, bringing God glory and bringing us to Himself.
In Jesus’ resurrection, ascension and reign, He is exalted to the highest place, the right hand of the Father. That descent of death and rising to glory is the shape of the Gospel!
About the writer:
Cyndi Anderson and her husband moved from Colorado back to Virginia last year. They have two adult children and ten grandchildren. She has a passion for teaching and has written Bible studies and discussion guides to facilitate learning and growth at her home church. Cyndi has authored discussion guides for several Christian books, including Missing Jesus, by Charles and Janet Morris. This is her second opportunity to write an Anchor devotional.
"Thine be the glory, risen, conquering son;
endless is the victory thou over death hast won!"
(Edmond L. Budry, 1884)