The Servant was like a lamb led to the slaughter. Jesus begged the Father for the cup to pass Him by (Matt. 26:39), but He endured the cross and was cut off from the land of the living. Jesus’ story is tragic, but it is primarily one of exaltation.
Perhaps the first hint of Jesus’ exaltation came immediately after His crucifixion. Fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy, Jesus was assigned a grave with the rich (Isa. 53:9). Joseph of Arimathea convinced Pilate to let Jesus be buried in his wealthy family’s tomb (Matt. 27:57-60).
The road from humiliation to exaltation began at the cross, passed through the tomb, and burst forth in glory three days later at His resurrection. Since then, He has been seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, interceding on our behalf (Heb. 7:25). Jesus gave of Himself once and for all, and God immediately exalted Him so that many could be exalted through Him.
How does God’s ability to turn humiliation into exaltation encourage you to live in faithfulness to God’s calling and mission?