The First Affirmation of Faith

9 Apr

The epistle for Palm Sunday is one of my favorites. It is a beautiful affirmation of who Jesus the Christ was and is. It is thought to be an early hymn of the Christian community: Philippians 2:5-11

5-8 Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

If we listen to the first sentence on this passage, Paul’s says we are suppose to think the way that Jesus thought. Apparently that is not difference between ourselves and Jesus in terms of the way we think. So, even if there are differences between what Jesus or I could do, there is no difference in what we can put in our minds. So, the way to ‘think’ and live a selfless, obedient life is open to us.

9-11 Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.

Jesus is honor because of his obedience. We are called to worship Christ and praise him. We are to say the way God wants us to live is the way that Jesus lived and bring honor to God’s name when we live that life.

The Christian journey is one of humility and obedience. We often don’t get that part. Peace,

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