Friday:14th September, 2018
2nd reading: Philippians 2:6-11
Philippians 2:8,9 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Whenever I read the words of this chapter of Saint Paul’s letter to the Philippians, I never miss out on the reality that indeed, the name of Jesus was and remains exalted above all names. But the one question I have never asked while meditating on this text was ‘why was he exalted over and above everything else; that at the mention of his name, all knees are to bow and tongues confess that He is Lord’.
When one mentions the reception of an award or a specific status, it is often as result of having done something or having gained recognition for possessing a specific set of traits. Thus, people get crossed when awards are given to people who in their words: ‘do not deserve it’. We may be tempted to look at the words ‘He came from heaven to die on the cross for us’, hence, it is only fitting that Jesus is awarded for His efforts.
However, the letter to the Philippians presents a very different picture as to the reason why He was exalted. This was not one of those decisions arrived at ‘just like that’ and for no reason because God does not work like that.
We are given a clear reason why Jesus was exalted: ‘And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore, God has highly exalted Him. That was it!
Not the fact that He was the word made flesh, but because He stayed humble and obedient to the very end’. A rendition of a part of this text which put a smile on my face when I came across it was: ‘God gave him a name that outshines every name’. For his humility and obedience, He was given that kind of name that shines forth even in the thickest of darkness and even when placed in the same rays as the sun, shines brighter than it.
Sweetheart, these are not words borne out of a fiction, but the pure heart of the father and the key here is humility and obedience.
Remember # humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up.