Weekly Verse - April 9th
Updated: Jun 11
Over the last week, I have been thinking a lot about Christ’s sufferings, death, and resurrection. I have found that with each passing year, I understand the power of His sacrifice even more. It is an amazing thing that we do not have to be bound by sin and death. We do not deserve this gift, but Christ has made it free to us. In light of this, I would like to take a look at Philippians 3:10.
"that I may know him,"
There is still so much to learn, so much more growth that can happen in my relationship with Jesus. Paul, the writer of this verse, was one of the greatest missionaries, and even he writes “that I may know him”. He understood that there is always more to know about our Saviour.
"and the power of his resurrection,"
Paul also wanted to deepen his understanding of the power of Christ’s resurrection. This event was so supernatural, it can be hard to wrap our minds around it. What we do know is that Christ conquered death for us. If we put our faith in Him, we have no more need to fear it. That in itself is enough to bring us to our knees in thankfulness.
"and the fellowship of his sufferings,"
Paul also wrote that he wanted to know the “fellowship of his sufferings”. Paul viewed suffering for Christ’s sake as an opportunity to draw closer to Him and demonstrate his faith. Paul writes in Romans: “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:16-17)
"being made conformable unto his death;"
The word “conformable” is defined as “corresponding or consistent in form or character” In His death, Christ was completely submitted to the Father’s will. Paul desired to be consistent with that mindset, and so should we.
This week, strive to know Jesus more, to realize the power of His resurrection, to view suffering as an opportunity to draw closer to Him, and to be consistent with Christ’s submission on the cross.
God bless you,
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