Thursday, April 17, 2014

Philippians 2:5-11 (ESV)

5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus!! Jesus!! Jesus!! I don’t know if you could feel the power in His name when you first read it but take a moment to reread this passage from Paul’s letter to the Philippians and say it to yourself again.

Jesus!! Jesus!! Jesus!!

Can you feel it now? Let’s just walk through this passage and really marinate on what said. He “emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” He emptied himself, which the Greek here means; to empty, deprive, to be hollowed, of no value. Jesus came and “humbled himself” for us. The same Jesus who “God has highly exalted,” and at His name “every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess … is Lord” humbled and lowered Himself. There is a greatness here that cannot be put into words. There is a value in Christ’s name that brings “glory to God the Father.” Can you feel the power in His name as you read this passage?

It seems as though our culture has tried to minimize the power of the name of Jesus; that our society is attempting to do the complete opposite of what Paul proclaims here to the church in Philippi. Good Friday is tomorrow and Easter two days later. An amazing opportunity lies ahead for us to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Our relationship with God is not just an inward experience but an outward expression and sharing. May God reveal to each of us a person(s) and an opportunity to share this great news with, so they may “have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”

Heavenly Father, I worship and proclaim that Jesus is Lord. Lord show how to and with whom to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Give me strength and courage to continue to proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord. In Your Holy Name I pray, Amen.

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