Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so 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 2:9-11 ESV
I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2:7-12 ESV
There’s a beautiful story about a young man who was about to be crowned as the king of the land. The young king had lived in the palace in luxury and plenty, and his coronation was going to be rich and splendid. But the night before his coronation he had some dreams about the common people who lived in the land, and in these dreams he saw their misery. The young man decided not to wear rich robes or carry a jeweled scepter or be crowned with a glorious crown at his coronation. Instead, he wore a leather tunic with a sheepskin cloak, carried a shepherd’s staff, and for a crown he took some branches of a briar bush and made them into a ring to crown his head. All the people laughed at his appearance and made fun of him. But as he stood in the sunlight that streamed through a window, the sunbeams turned his clothing into rich robes, his staff became decorated with blooming lilies of pearl, and his crown became gold with ruby roses. All the people fell on their knees in awe and didn’t even dare to look at his face.
This is only a story, but it is very much like the true story of Jesus. He saw the misery of the people in the world and wanted to save them, so he took the humble form of a servant. Some people laughed at him and made fun of him, and many people didn’t recognize him as their king. But God the Father has given Jesus the highest of honors and made him the ruler of all things. The time will come, at the final judgment day, when everyone who has ever lived will bow to Jesus and confess that he is the Lord of the Universe.
For some people, confessing that Jesus is Lord will be a terrifying thing, but we can look forward to that day. We know that when the final judgment comes we will be brought completely into Jesus’ heavenly kingdom and live forever in his new world. We don’t have to be afraid, because we know the reason Jesus came as a humble servant. He came to die on the cross for us so that our sins could be forgiven and we could be God’s people forever. Because of what Jesus has done for us we are people of his kingdom now and always.
Dear Jesus, thank you for being our loving and humble king. We look forward to serving you in your glory. Amen.