Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

As a result God exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will 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

What did Jesus do that resulted in his exaltation by God? Jesus was in the form of God. He was equal with God. However, he did not grab onto the situation and hold tightly to it. He emptied himself and became like a man, sharing in our human nature.

Now, if that were all, it would be amazing. Who do you know that would willingly demote himself or herself in importance? But, that was not all that he did. He obeyed the Father to the point of going through an agonizing death on the cross even though he was innocent of any wrong. The sins that he bore on that cross were not his own. They belonged to you and to me. Because of your sin, he was separated from the Father, for God will not remain in the presence of sin.

Due to his willingness to obey, God exalted him and at his name, all will bow. Every tongue will confess that he is Lord. The question remains if you will confess him here in this life and obey him to be received into heaven or will you confess him before being condemned for all eternity. God has given you the liberty to choose which it shall be.

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