Exaltation

Silent Night! Holy Night!

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)

Jesus is God. Jesus has all the attributes and prerogatives of God. Jesus is full of glory and majesty. But he knew he could not save mankind without becoming man. Wow, do the words of John ring loud here:

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17)

Jesus emptied himself of all of it (Philippians 2:5:8). He did it for us. And once the work was completed, God exalted him to the highest honor! Paul wants us to understand this truth:

18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Ephesians 1:18-23)

Christ is seated at the right hand of God — the place of counsel and authority. He has taken back his glory and majesty. And he has the ear of the Father on our behalf every minute of every day — and so those who follow him are more than conquerors!

34 Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: 

“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:34-39)

He humbled himself — the ultimate humility. He has been exalted — the ultimate exaltation! And all this if for you and me. For today, reflectively reread this devotion several times, meditating on the scriptures above. What has Christ done for you?

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