Sunday, February 06, 2005

Suffering Servant

We sometimes call Jesus the Suffering Servant (Philippians 2), and so He clearly is. It was a new revelation, and yet we should have known it before. The scripture says that all things hold together through Jesus, but the fact that God maintains everything is something even pagan philosophers should have seen.

And that means that every detail exists because God provides the power for it to exist--even our sins. And the Jews knew already that God hated sin, so if He endures our wickedness, keeps giving us the power for the next moment, "for the sake of the elect" then He was already a suffering servant of us all.

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