Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Philippians 2:6-11

Philippians 2:6-11
Though He was in the form of God, He did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted Him and gave Him the Name that is above every other name, so that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus, the Son of God, became Man through the perfect acts of obedience and humility, powered by the force of agape love. Jesus, who from all eternity, was covered in the glory of His Father became incarnate.
He not only became man, but a servant. He said, "I came to serve not to be served and to give my life as a ransom for many." He allowed Himself to be humbled and crushed in the winepress of His passion, horrific crucifixion and death on the cross.
The proof of the Father's love for man was that it was His will that His Son, the Beloved, should give up His life and pour out His Blood as a ransom for our sins. The Blood of the Son, God made Man, was the price that was paid for our salvation. Jesus knew what was at stake - the life and salvation of every man, woman and child that was ever born from the beginning of creation until the end of the world - so He poured Himself out as an oblation, so that we might be redeemed.
And now, He is seated in radiant glory and splendor at the right hand of the Father and is given the Name that is more powerful than any other name. A Name when uttered causes the angels and saints to fall down prostrate in adoration, causes us to fall on our knees in wonder and gratitude for all the merits He has won for us in making us children of God. In Jesus, we become the family of God and co-heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven. Those in the underworld tremble with fear and everything that has life in all creation proclaims joyfully that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father forever and ever. AMEN.

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