When The Boss Pays

When The Boss Pays

When I was in college I worked full time. It got really hard at times when school and work conflicted. One day during a really busy time in school I was informed I’d been assigned mandatory overtime. I started freaking out. I was overwhelmed with schoolwork. I couldn’t work the shift, but it wasn’t really an option not to.

A few minutes later my boss called and said I didn’t have to work the shift. I was delighted. I didn’t find out until later, but my boss actually worked the shift for me. Bosses don’t do that stuff. They are in charge. They can’t be doing other people’s jobs. They have the whole operation to oversee.

It’s Good Friday. I know it may seem like a weak analogy (hey, I’ve got a simple mind), but when I think of what Jesus did this weekend I remember that time my boss worked that shift for me.

Jesus didn’t owe me anything. I owed him. But he displayed the ultimate goodness when he did something he didn’t have to do. He was in charge of the entire universe with his Father. But he stepped down and took my shift. He paid what I owed.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth… Philippians 2


P.S. For you theologians: I realize the above analogy is flawed in many, many ways and comes far short of truly depicting what Jesus accomplished. But chill out a little. It’s Good Friday. 🙂