And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:8
When I was a young child, every night before I went to bed, my mom would make the sign of the cross on my forehead and say, “Jesus said, ‘I have called you by name, you are Mine.’ ” This was a daily reminder to me that Jesus knows my name and I belong to Him.
Jesus knows everyone’s name and we belong to Him alone. Even though we constantly sin, Jesus still loves us and wants us to be His children. The words in Philippians remind us of the great love Jesus has for us. He loved us so much that He humbled Himself to the point of death so we may experience eternal life with Him. Because of what Jesus did for us, we are no longer identified through our sin, but rather our identity is through Christ alone.
The hymn “In Christ Alone” beautifully illustrates the power of what Jesus did for us. Because of Christ’s blood shed on the cross and His victory over death, we have our identity in Him and are washed clean from our sin through Holy Baptism.
We can celebrate and praise God for the indescribable gift of His Son, who sacrificed His life for us so we may have an identity in Him alone. We now have the reassurance that our identity is found in no one else except Jesus, and we belong to Him alone. We can live a life filled with joy and find comfort in Christ’s never-failing love as we live daily as children of God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your never-failing love and for sending Your Son to die on the cross in order to conquer death so I may have an identity in Him alone. Fill me with Your joy and comfort as I live as Your child. Be with me as I continually live out my identity in You. Help me never to forget that I belong to You alone. Amen.
Tessa Lohman—Young Adult Volunteer—Concordia Lutheran Church, Kirkwood, MO
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