To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2016 Issue – Straight from the Heart, ‘I have you in my heart … all of you share God’s grace with me’ Philippians 1:7
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Philippians 2:9-11 (NIVUK): ”Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
I think today’s reading is fantastic – it’s a great summary of the status of the resurrected Christ – oh, how magnificent was that first Easter Sunday!
Selwyn summarises the seven steps of Jesus’ promotion, in the following way: “(1) God exalted him to the highest place. (2) Gave him the name – a name that defines His role. (3) The name above every name. No name will ever be higher in rank than His. (4) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow. Maybe not now but one day every person will. (5) In heaven and on earth and under the earth. His rule will be universal. (6) And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. People may not wish to acknowledge His Lordship but they will have to recognise it. (7) To the glory of God the Father. Ultimately God will be glorified in His universe.”
I liked his conclusion: “Can such a mind be found in us? Not unless we live close to Jesus, assimilate His spirit and absorb His attitudes. When we are prepared to do down with Him (as a loving, obedient servant to God and others) then we go up with Him (to the glory of God).”
Today, we prepare to remember the suffering of our Saviour on Good Friday; and we do so against a background of a suffering world, scared by the sins of evil people. There would be many people troubled by the recent violence in Belgium, and looking for some way to find comfort and security. The sad fact is that this world cannot offer permanent stability and peace.
The only answer is to throw our hopes on to the suffering Servant, trusting in His mercy and compassion. Knowing that one day, we will be rescued from this world of sin to live in perfect peace with Jesus, our Lord.