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, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11
The lead up to these incredibly powerful verses of elation remind us of Christ’s journey and life on earth, being born in the likeness of men… he humbled himself… taking the form of a servant. Jesus showed us how to live an obedient life; a life of purpose. This life involved constant prayer and fellowship with God the Father, and it involved immoveable commitment to his eternal plan. Jesus was completely focused on the task at hand, allowing his spirit to be guided by heaven.
His commitment came at a price, but bowing to the will of the Father, enduring the scorn, the humiliation, the mutilation of his body, the anguish of his soul… He obeyed. He went down to the depths of Death and Hades so that we might be released from its grasp. He did absolutely everything that was required of him to ensure our freedom. Then, having felt abandoned under the weight and darkness of our sin, he emerged victorious and was lifted to the place of supremacy over all. His name was Jesus; now, his name is Lord.
One day, all those who have said, ‘we will not have this man to reign over us’ will bow the knee and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. God has a purpose for each one of us and he longs for us to serve him with the same attitude and commitment as Jesus did. Through his obedience, the Lord Jesus glorified the Father. This too should be our goal.
Know your purpose, commit your life to God’s eternal plan and serve faithfully to the glory of God the Father.