General? Or Soldier?

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

Philippians 2:8-9 NKJV



General? Or Soldier?

A devotional for November 8th through the 14th


There was a Sabbath School Lesson we had that started out with this story that really touched me but also made me think about this devotional.

Billy Graham tells the story of when he visited soldiers at a field hospital in the company of their general.  There was a young soldier that was "so mangled that he lay face down on a canvas and steel contraption".  A doctor whispered to Graham, "I doubt he'll ever walk again".  Just then the soldier made a request to the general; "Sir...I fought for you, but I have never seen you.  Could I see your face?"  At the soldier's request, the general got down and slid his body under the soldier in the canvas and steel contraption and talked with the soldier.  As Graham watched, a tear fell from the soldier's eye onto the general's cheek.  (Taken from Sabbath School Lesson 5 in Education, last quarter of 2020) When I read this a question came to me.  "Which of these men do you see as Christ? The soldier or the general?

The general: A leader of men, watches over to see that direction is followed and guides his people to do things according to the plan.  But when asked, humbled himself at the request of his soldier.  Jesus came to this earth from His perfect home in heaven and humbly heeded to the request of us.  All we have to do is ask of Him and He will be there.

The soldier, someone who honors others while putting his life on the line, obeys the command of his leaders even if it leads to death.  He sacrificed Himself for the sake of others.  He asks us to look up to Him so He can look into our eyes.  A tear falls from His face when we accept Him into our hearts.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Matthew 7:7 NKJV


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