Friday, March 12, 2010

Glory to the Lord

“ . . . and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ

is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Philippians 2:11

Can you picture this? Every tongue will confess. I wonder how that will sound. I once sat in a large auditorium and heard those assembled sing “Wonderful Grace of Jesus”. (The chorus divides into four parts-each part singing different phrases.) My thought was “Will everyone know which part to sing?” When the people came to the end of the verse, all the voices divided as if they had the music right in front of them. I felt I was in Heaven. Those gathered that night knew the song. I believe hearing every tongue saying “Jesus Christ is Lord” will be like it was in that auditorium. It sounded like angels singing.

The sound will surround us. We won’t be able to hear anything else. We who believe He is Lord will be saying it as a form of worship-telling Him he is worthy to receive our devotion, our honor, and our praise.

God will hear our words of confession. He will be glorified. His Son will be recognized for who He is-Lord of our lives.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Honoring Our King

“. . . that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and in earth and under the earth. . . .”

Philippians 2:10 (NIV)

We all will one day pay homage to God’s Son as we gather before Him. All who have every walked this earth will fall before Him in an attitude of worship. I noticed something when I recently studied this passage. Paul tells the Philippians that ALL will bow-those already in heaven, those still on earth, and those under the earth. Let’s think on this a bit. Could this mean those who have already been condemned will also recognize the need to get on their knees? Will they recognize His authority and who He is?

God’s children will bow their knees because they will recognize the returning Savior. They will do it without thinking. They have been preparing their hearts for that time.

As we wait for Christ to return, what are some ways we can honor Him?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Name Above All Names

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

and gave him the name that is above every name.”

Philippians 2:9 (NIV)

As I grew up, movie theaters were a major place of gathering for teens. If friends saw each other there, one would save a seat for the other. When a local theater was refurbished, the campaign to replace the seats carried the name. “I’ll save you a seat.” Have you been invited to sit in church with a friend? When it happens to me, it always makes me feel special.

Because Jesus took on all our sins, God raised the Son and gave Him the seat next to Himself. He saved the most special place for the one who became Sin for us, the one who obeyed Him.

Because Jesus Christ is the name above all names, God’s children honor it.

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