He Is Sovereign

“Which he will display at the proper time–he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.” (1Tim 6:15 ESV)

Jesus Christ is sovereign. His birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension prove that He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He shoulders the responsibility of governing the people, and His rule extends into human hearts. The titles He bears characterize this new kingdom of Jesus’ dominion. He will be called “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”.

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He Is Exalted with a Name above Every Name

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)

The exaltation of Jesus reached its climax in the lordship of Christ. At the name of Jesus, every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that He is Lord to the glory of God the Father. His was the hard way to glory — through His death on the cross and resurrection. However, in due time, God has highly exalted Him to the highest place, the place that He deserved as God’s equal, and to the position in which He is publicly proclaimed before heaven and earth.

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A Closer Look

Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. (Matthew 6:1-2)

It might seem incredible that people in Jesus’ ministry were practicing charitable deeds who were motivated to do so because they wanted to be acknowledged by others. But it might not seem all that incredible when we think about how the motives behind this is the human nature, pride.

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He Is Exalted

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name. (Philippians 2:9)

Jesus Christ’s life provides the perfect example of humility. Though He was and is an eternal deity, Jesus humbled Himself to become a servant of all, taking the form of man and became obedient to the point of death. Therefore, God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name above all names. This is exactly what God did with Jesus at the completion of His work in accordance to Jesus’ prayer. In His prayer, Jesus asked the Father to restore to Him the glory that He had with the Father from the beginning (John 17:4-5).

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He Humbled Himself

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:8)

Jesus was in the image of God, yet He did not boast about His equality with God. Instead, Jesus humbled Himself to become a servant of all, taking the form of man. From birth to death, Jesus Christ exhibited His humility and obedience. Jesus was born in a manger, a lowly place, to demonstrate that He came as a servant to save the humble and needy. On the cross, Jesus exemplified total surrender to the will of God.

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