Philippians 2.5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

                who, though he was in the form of God,

                                did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,

                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 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.

 

From Rev. Darrell Pierce

Clarksburg, WV

This scripture contains a summary of Jesus’ existence from before the beginning of time until after the end of time. Before time, Jesus was with God and equal to God. There could not be a more honored place, could there?

From this high position he voluntarily humbled himself by two great steps downward. He became a human with human problems, weaknesses, and temptations.   Then he voluntarily accepted death on the cross, including the curse God himself had pronounced on one “hung on a tree.” No other person in history has taken upon himself the sins of all people. No person in all of history has so humbled himself or been so humbled.

But when time is no more, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess his Lordship. And so by humbling himself, he enabled God to glorify him even above the place he held before creation.

Lent calls for us to voluntarily and intentionally humble ourselves. We are called to forget honor and glory as we seek the humbleness of Jesus in his incarnation. As Jesus’ example shows us, humbling ourselves enables God to lift us up, perhaps higher than we have ever been before.

 

Dear Jesus, help us to be your true disciples by following you in humbleness as we try to follow you in all things. Amen.

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