Chained

Romans 5:12–21, Philippians 2:5–11, Hebrews 5:1–10 (read online ⧉)

Obedience is hard. God knows that it is hard for us. That doesn’t excuse us from it, however.

It seems perfectly reasonable to draw from the that part of ’ unspoken mission was to show obedience and that obedience is possible. There were points in ’ earthly ministry that he could have not obeyed and had a completely different result. Obedience was hard. did it anyway.

It is amazing (and depresg) that the first disobedience led to a very long line of disobedience. points out that Adam was the first man, and through Adam death came. This is, for the record, more of a story, as it does exclude Eve’s contribution. was trying to tie all the prophets , even Moses, into a big line of and death. This chain of and death was a result of disobedience. The Jewish by this point was not an overwhelmingly poive one. Sin and death were very much a part of their concepts. To some degree, First Century Jews had an almost dystopian view of the world (as do many people today). Finding the poive was hard.

states that while the that brought and death to the world may be overwhelming, the and mercy wrought through the sacrifice of Christ was greater still. So much greater was this gift that it didn’t stop merely with canceling and death, it brought abundant .

This gift of and mercy is given through obedience. It is not an obedience of . It is an obedience of gratitude for the sacrifice made that we couldn’t make and acceptance of it.

1) As a child, what was the hardest rule of your parents to obey? Why?

2) Why is it important to understand that and death are chains? Whose chains are they?

3) What is your understanding of ’ obedience? What does that mean right now for your ?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.