Jesus is Elevated

Day 3 Devotional

"For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,..."

Philippians 2:9
Jesus was the perfect example of selfless humility. Though He was fully God, He veiled His glory and power in order to become fully human but without sin. He was totally obedient to God the Father, even to death on the cross as our substitute. Because Jesus obediently completed His mission on earth, God the Father elevated Him again to the position of highest honor, power and glory. He raised Him from the grave, brought Him back to Heaven and glorified Him. God has given Jesus all authority in heaven and on earth and has seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms. And He gave Him a new name — a name of great power.

"taking the form of a bond-servant"

God has exalted Jesus to the highest of positions, and that means He is to have that same position in our lives. We exalt Jesus when we praise Him in worship, obey His commands and teachings, and proclaim Him to others. Think for just a moment: Do your thoughts, words and deeds exalt the name of Jesus?

God has always claimed first place, and deservedly so. In Exodus 20:3 God commands that we have no other gods before Him. Whatever most occupies our thoughts, our time and our resources usurps God for the top spot in our lives. Who or what has the highest position in your life? Are there any changes you need to make to place and keep Jesus exalted in your life — to keep Him number one?

Think about this for a moment. All the deepest mysteries that humans have considered and search for, and the deepest desires and longings of men's hears, can be met by knowing Jesus. God wants to reveal Himself to you. He cares about you, He knows everything about you, and He wants to know you.

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Jesus is the Name above all names

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" that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,..."

Philippians 2:10
In the Bible, names often reveal a person's character. Jesus' name is above every name because His dignity and honor are above all others. His obedience to God in carrying out the plan of salvation resulted in God honoring that obedience by exalting Jesus and giving Him this name above all names, a name of great power. So much so that at the name of Jesus, our impulse should be to get on our knees!

Throughout Scripture, there are many names for Jesus. Although they are not HIs literal name, these descriptive titles carry specific meaning, giving insight into His character and mission. The name Jesus means "The Lord is salvation." Some of His other names are the Good Shepherd, the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, the Alpha and Omega, the Word of God, and the Lamb of God.

Consider two titles from the prophet Isaiah that are especially timely for today.

"taking the form of a bond-servant"

"And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace."

Isaiah 9:6

Wonderful Counselor

What do you look for in a counselor? If you're like most people, you want someone who can understand you, comfort and encourage you, and help you with sound advice and guidance. We understand, however, that no human counselor can ever be 100% on target when offering such advice or guidance. But Jesus can be. He sees the heart of every person, even those areas we would rather keep hidden. He knows what it is like to be human — to be tempted, to be weak, to hurt, to be worn out and weary. He gets it! As Wonderful Counselor, the exalted Jesus Christ has the perspective and the resources to help us. He is more than qualified to offer perfect advice, guidance and direction. How can knowing Jesus as Wonderful Counselor help and equip you in listening to and offering guidance and direction to your kids?

Prince of Peace

Most of us really do not understand peace. We would simply define it as the absence of conflict. But that is not how Jesus defines peace. In John 14:27, He says that He leaves us a peace that is not like the peace the world gives. Because of the peace Jesus gives, our hearts need not be troubled nor fearful. His peace does not mean we will never experience hardship. The peace of Jesus transcends our circumstances and conquers the conflicts of daily living. Anyone can be at peace when all is well, but Jesus, the Prince of Peace, promises us a peace that surpasses all human comprehension and guards our hearts and minds in the midst of trials and troubles, temptations and turmoil. Because Jesus is the Prince of Peace, we can rest in His promise that no matter what happens around us or what happens to us, He is with us, and we need not be troubled or fearful. Are there any dilemmas, difficulties or dread you need to bring to Him?


truly is the name above all names, and we will discover His name gets even higher!
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