Therefore God has exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2: 9-11
God exalted Jesus in many ways. The lowest period of Jesus’ life was his death and burial. Or was it? God used this time of sorrow to show us who Jesus truly was. He raised him from the dead. Then to demonstrate his true power which Jesus possessed, God returned him to heaven and seated him at his right hand. Let’s break this down… To be exalted is to be placed at a high or powerful level, and held in a prestigious regard. I don’t know about you, but taking such a humble subject as Jesus and placing him next to God demonstrates the love God has shown everyone who obeys him.
Bending the knee is to submit to someone, sometimes by force. And confessing he is Lord is to agree with or profess the same thing. In ancient times, and unfortunately in some of the world today, this was done not out of respect, but fear. Jesus being a humble fellow wants us to embrace this act not out of fear, but love. He wants us to follow willingly. He accomplished this by not only his teachings and performing miracles but by also being like us. Living a modest life. Being human. He didn’t have all the frills of being in heaven. He completed his mission his Father sent him to do. Save his people. Jesus taught us how to be, all while inhabiting a human body. Jesus’ life and death continually shows us that God loves us and leads us always, even when we can’t or won’t see it.
As Christians we know we aren’t perfect and through God’s grace he is working on us. Everyday. With the encouragement of Christ we can be as humble as he is and walk in unity with the fellowship of the Spirit.
Prayer: Lord, let me bow my knee and praise your name along with my brothers and sisters. We humbly ask you to mold us in Jesus’ image with your grace upon us.