The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. (John 14:31 NIV)
Our verse today is rather amazing, as not only do we hear someone giving themselves in complete submission to another, but that someone is God. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords is happy to take orders from someone else. In fact, there is only one Person in all the universe who is not under someone’s authority—God the Father. Everybody else, including the other two Persons of the Godhead, are in evil rebellion if their lives do not evolve around that dirty “s” word submission. It is a shame that something that God deems so glorious, and does Himself on a continual basis, is something we view as demeaning and beneath our dignity.
As we think about submitting to our God-given authorities in the home (Eph. 5:24-6:4), at church (Heb. 13:17), in government (Rom. 13:1-5), and at work (Col. 3:22-24), it is helpful to remember Christ’s example. First of all, Christ reminds us today that submitting to our authorities on earth is a demonstration of our love for God and submission to Him. We are simply lying to ourselves when we claim that God is our King, yet we are not in humble, joyful submission to the desires and direction of our spouse, parents, s, government, and employer.
Secondly, Christ’s struggle in the Garden of Gethsemane reminds us that submission is not easy. Even He struggled with the cost of doing “exactly” what His authority wanted Him to do. The Father will test us as well in this very area and we need to pray through it as Christ did, knowing that we are imitating God the Son and pleasing God the Father.