Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness! And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! 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.
Who Is This?
Who is this who on Palm Sunday rides into Jerusalem on a donkey? He is our King, the almighty and glorious God of heaven and earth. Yet he made himself nothing, becoming fully human in the womb of a virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit, and placed in a manger for his first bed. He made himself nothing. He became the servant of sinners, in perfect love. He became the helper of the helpless, while suffering the problems and troubles of our unworthy world of sin and death. As the servant of mortals, he became obedient to our death, even the lowliest death of shame, execution, and condemnation on a cross!
Who is this? This is our Savior, victorious over sin, death and hell. He is our forgiveness. He is our righteousness. Therefore, God triumphantly raised him from the dead. Jesus gloriously ascended into heaven, where he sits in the exalted position of all power and glory at the right hand of God the Father. He wisely and perfectly governs all things for the benefit of all his believers, to bring them safely to the heaven he won for us. Day by day he rules in our hearts with his word of grace and forgiveness.
No matter how crude our circumstances, how terrible our troubles, or how pitiful our problems, he is our servant. He is our Savior. He is our King of kings and Lord of lords.
May our knees ever bow and our tongues ever confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Lord Jesus, thank you for so greatly humbling yourself to rescue me from sin, death, and hell. Through your word, rule in my heart as my glorious King, that from my lips I may always praise you as my Savior and confess you as my Lord. Amen.
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