THE NAME OF JESUS-PART 1
Philippians 2:9 "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:"
The first part of our verse of focus speaks to Jesus' exaltation by His Father. To exalt is to glorify, to revere, to pay homage to someone. Worship is at the centre of Jesus' exaltation. Jesus, the Son of God through His Ministry, displayed the greatest example of humility. He lived the obedient life; and He died at Calvary for our sins. In Philippians 2:8 this point is clearly made, which is, "And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." For His sacrifical love and death, Jesus, is more than deserving of our worship, praise and adoration.
Calvary's love, the epitome of God's mercy and grace, is the priceless gift to mankind that erases our sins and brings us in full harmony with God. Jesus was lifted up on the cross, and after His ascension to Heaven, He was exalted to the throne, where He sits on the right hand of God, as our Mediator and Intercessor.
The second part of Philippians 2:9 says, that Jesus has been given a name which is above every name. We attach much significance to our names. There are some individuals who are offended if their names are mispronounced or misspelt. However, the name of Jesus is incomparable, unequaled and matchless. The name Jesus means to deliver; to rescue. It signifies "God our Saviour", and tells of our Redeemer.
Before His birth, the angel, Gabriel announced that His name shall be called Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins (Matt 1:21). Not only did God highly exalt Jesus, but He has elevated the name of Jesus above every name. We must, by our daily living, give rightful worship to Jesus, our Redeemer, our Saviour and soon coming King.