"There for a Reason"

Fifth Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

READ : Philippians 2:9-11

My father, a pastor, is fond of saying “when you read the word

therefore

in a passage of scripture, you know it’s

there for

a good reason.” Today’s text begins, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place.” God the Father was pleased with his Son Jesus because of what he did, the way he did it and the reasons he did it.

Therefore

God exalted him.

Paul then explains what that “highest place” means. We see a vision of the eternal kingdom and Christ’s lordship over a restored creation. Yes,

he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities

(Isaiah 53:5, rsv), but the story doesn’t end there. At the end of the age, Christ will rule and reign over all and everyone will agree, in joyous victory or shameful defeat, that Jesus is Lord.

Amazingly the Father’s favor extends to us now also. Because of Christ’s victory over death, we can be victorious today.

For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it

(John 5:21). The name above all names, the highest place-Jesus is

there
to rule in our lives now and forever.

written by Philip Rose

PRAYER

Lord, Christ, we worship you because you are exalted and are giving us the victory. Thank you. Amen.