10 Dec The Superiority of Jesus
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should 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 2:5-11
In the season of Advent, we often celebrate the incarnation and condensation of Christ, and we are right to do so. Yet, we cannot forget the fact that Jesus has become highly exalted in the heavens and that He has the most glorious name in all of history. According to Paul, God has exalted the name of Jesus above every name, even to the point where every knee will bow even to the name of Jesus. It is right to celebrate the coming of Christ to the world, but we must also hold in tension the supreme authority in which the Son of God holds.
Abraham Kuyper, a 19th century theologian, rightly declared, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” According to the book of Colossians, Jesus not only is the creator of everything but also the sustainer of everything. All things are subservient to God and will one day bow before the glorious name of Jesus.
- Do you resonate with the quote from Abraham Kuyper?
- What brings you comfort knowing that Jesus has authority over all things?