Lord, I love to sing Your praises
I'm so glad You're in my life
I'm so glad You came to save us
You came from heaven to earth
To show the way
From the earth to the cross
My debt to pay
From the cross to the grave
From the grave to the sky
Lord, I lift Your name on high
I love the song "Lord I lift Your name on high"! It's a doctrinally sound modern hymn. It tells the whole story of Jesus Christ!
Perhaps the reason I like it is because it tells the story of the TRANSITIONS that Jesus when through just to prove His love for you. The theology o this song can also be seen in Philippians 2:5-11. Look at what it says: our attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 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 and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Notice that this passage starts with a word about your attitude. In the Greek, the word is phroneō, meaning to have understanding, to be wise, to feel, or to form an opinion. But... it also means to savor a thought or to stew over an issue... That's right, you have to THINK about your attitude! If your attitude stinks, then there is a pretty good chance that are not dwelling on the person of Jesus. Really! You will be amazed at how your emotions will become lighter and your attitude will be healthier when you just stop and think about your Savior and the transitions He endured for you.
TRANSITION #1(V.6-7)- From heaven to earth: From a heavenly existence to an earthly experience. Jesus left His comfort in the home of Heaven and took on human frailty to show us all how to live in this place we call home. He knows all about temptation, loss and pain because He experienced all those things just like we do. He knows about our issues because He has experienced them as we have. The only difference is that He never sinned while enduring the hardship of His human experience. That gives us all hope in that since Jesus is the key to a future heavenly experience of our own, we can trust in His perfection and not our own.
TRANSITION #2(v.8)- From earth to death: From human experience to suffering obedience. The main message of the life of Jesus is His complete obedience to God the Father, obedience even to death. I can't even imagine how Jesus could have left His heavenly home in obedience to God's command, but to think that He came to die in order to satiate God's wrath against sin, just for me, is almost incomprehensible. To be honest, when one is called into serving God, the transition is not always easy. Obeying the call is often very, very tough, but the reward is always rewarding! If Jesus had not obeyed and suffered so horribly, then we would not have access to God and our heavenly home. So, yeah, when we suffer, we are reminded of the ultimate suffering of Jesus and the awesome reward that we received because of His obedience. Oh, and by the way, our suffering just might not be about us, but it is always about God.
TRANSITION #3(V.9-11) From Death to heaven: From suffering obedience to transcendent acceptance. Because of Jesus' obedience, even to the point of dying for the sins of the world, He took the punishment that should have been ours. In that single act, He satiated God's wrath against sin AND paved the way for those who believe to achieve heaven. To the Believer, everything we believe hinges on this fact. We believe that Jesus is in heaven preparing a place for us when we pass from this life. On the other hand, we also believe that at some point, everyone, believer and unbeliever alike is going to be held accountable for what they believed about Jesus. We believe that everyone one will finally realize that Jesus was who He said He was and did what He said He would do and we will all know absolute truth. That's when everyone one will fall before the Lord Jesus, some out of love and reverence and some out of fear and shame. Now that's a transition I can't wait to be a part of!
TRANSITION #4(Rev. 3:20) From transcendent acceptance to personal acceptance. Ultimately, Jesus wants to make one more transition. He wants to transition from heaven to every human soul. He wants to be invited to move into your heart, take up residence and do life with you. This is the only transition in Jesus life that He won't make unless you participate with Him. He will not enter the locked door of your heart unless you ask Him to. He will never supersede your will, but will glad replace your will with His if only you Him to. For some of us, that means we need to ask Jesus into our life right now, for others, myself included, we need to ask Jesus to keep opening the door of my heart and enter into a communion with Him.
So there you have it. If Jesus went through so many transitions and is still seeking to transition with you, then transitioning with for Him is really nothing compared to His transitions. You see, the life of a devoted Christian exhibits the attitude of Jesus no matter what transition God allows us to go through! He wouldn't ask you to do it if He knew you couldn't!