Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Hallowed be Thy Name
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 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 2:9
Above every name. In ancient times, people were given names to describe them. The name of Jesus describes the essence of who He is: “salvation is of the Lord.” There is no other savior or means of salvation. “After His resurrection, He entirely laid aside the form of a servant, but not the human nature, and was established in the full use, manifestation, and declaration of the divine majesty. In this way He entered into His glory.” (Formula of Concord Epitome VIII 16)
What is Christ’s exaltation? Christ’s exaltation is that as man He now fully and always uses His divine powers. “He descended into hell. The third day He rose against from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence, He will come to judge the living and the dead.
O God, you willed to redeem us from all iniquity by your Son: Deliver us when we are tempted to regard sin without abhorrence, and let the virtue of his passion come between us and our mortal enemy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives, and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen