Verse 9 Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name,
Knowing that Jesus lowered Himself to be a sacrifice for us, we can’t help but see that His humbling Himself pleased God. This decision was made by the Trinity long before Jesus came as the babe in the manger. He was the chosen part of the Godhead to fulfill the role of Redeemer and He had done it well. Having pleased God, the Father lifted Jesus up to the highest place. But it didn’t stop there. God gave Him a special name.
Sadly we have allowed the name of Jesus to become very commonplace. It used to be revered but is thrown around so flippantly these days. It is nothing to hear it used as a swear word or even as slang. His name is supposed to mean something special, especially to those of us who claim Him as our Savior.
Our passage shows that at His name every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord. We know that this will happen at His future return but what about now, in our lives? Couldn’t it be said that any misuse of His name is using it rashly? Then we could be just as guilty for using His name in a way that is unworthy of who He is.
How often do we call Him Lord and yet fail to surrender to His Lordship? God has exalted Him and we should do no less. He is worthy of all of our praise and adoration. At the mere mention of His name in reverence we should take pause and think on who He is. Not just who He is to the world but also who He is to us personally. The very name of Jesus should cause us to praise Him for His sacrifice and for conquering death.
Our response to the sound of His name should not be taken with the same lightness that we hear an acquaintance’s name. If He is indeed the one we claim as Lord and Savior, we need to be more intentional about what His name means to us. The very sound of His name should flood us with such an intense longing to praise that we feel we will burst if we don’t release the worship that is welling inside.
Making It Personal
What does the name, Jesus, mean to you? Do you use His name flippantly in your daily life? Try saying the name of Jesus out loud twenty times, praising Him for something different each time and see how it endears His name to you.
Making It Personal Kids
What do you think about when you hear the name, Jesus? Is His name special to you? What can you praise Jesus for today?
Father, You exalted Jesus higher than anything or anyone on earth. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. There is no name as precious. Help us use His name with the reverence He is due. In Jesus’ precious and holy name, amen.