Sunday Service 03-31-2024


Exalted! Philippians 2.9-11 Pastor Tim Pasma


Good morning.
Happy Easter. A few announcements this morning.
Today, there is no afternoon meal in service. This Wednesday are your flocks once again.
If you would like to join flock or if you don't know which flock you belong to, you can find that in the bulletin or I believe it's posted out on the bulletin board.
Thursdays is middle school and children's choir. Times for that are in the bulletin as well. Saturday is men of faith and then 8 a .m.
to 2 p .m. is the Red Cross blood drive. That will be this Saturday here. So if you would like to give blood,
I believe you can get with Lindsay Smith for more information on that as well.
Looking ahead in April, the 10th is the semiannual business meeting, which will be held here.
The 13th and the 27th will be the rest of men of faith. And then May is the walk for life.
If you would like to sign up for that, you can get a free shirt. Well, maybe not free. I'm not sure. But if you would like to sign up for that, the link for that is in the bulletin as well.
And then July the 21st through the 25th will be the start of VBS. Pastor, do you have any announcements?
No. All right. Well, we are here to serve our risen King. So take a few moments in silent meditation.
Let's pray. Lord, it is good to come before you today to celebrate the risen
Savior. Lord, we praise you for your goodness to us.
We praise you, Lord, from for your sovereignty that from the beginning, you know, the beginning from the end,
Lord, and that you have chosen a people and that you have secured a people through the death and the resurrection of your son.
We pray these things in Jesus name. Amen. As the choir comes forward, if you would, please stand and open your hand to him.
110. The children will be singing the first verse and everyone will join on the second. Fear not.
Jesus Christ is the first and the last and the living one. He died and behold, he is alive forevermore.
And he has the keys of death and Hades. Come and worship the risen reigning
Lord. If you would, please stand and turn your hymnals to page 204. We sing free from guilt and free from sin.
I am held to prove of my own and foolish pride.
Pride, no reason for my sin. Pride, no reason for my sin.
Wash me in the Savior's blood. Make me pure without within.
Cleanse my heart and set me free.
Free from guilt and free from sin. Free from guilt and free from sin.
Life of God, keep shining down. Son of God, my soul to win.
Lead us by his heavenly crown. Pay the price for all my sin.
Pay the price for all my sin. Wash me in the
Savior's blood. Make me pure without within.
Cleanse my heart and set me free. Free from guilt and free from sin.
Free from guilt and free from sin.
Be free. Wash me in the
Savior's blood.
Make me pure without within. It's the ushers to please come forward. Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for this glorious day that Christ arose.
And we thank you for the victory that we have in Jesus. We pray now for this time of giving that we would do so with generous and thankful hearts.
Amen. I invite you to stand for the reading of God's word.
If you'd like to follow along, we have Bibles in the pews and it's on page 884.
You'll be reading from the book of Luke, page 884. And this is chapter 23, verses 26 through 56.
Hear the word of the Lord. And as they led him away, they seized one
Simon of Cyrene who was coming in from the country and laid on him the cross to carry it behind Jesus.
And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him.
But turning to them, Jesus said, Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
For behold, the days are coming when they will say, Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.
Then they will begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us and to the hills, cover us.
For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?
Two others who were criminals were led away to be put to death with him. And when they came to the place that is called the skull, there they crucified him.
And the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said,
Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And they cast lots to divide his garments.
And the people stood by watching, but the ruler scoffed at him, saying,
He saved others, let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his chosen one.
The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine and saying,
If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself. There was also an inscription over him,
This is the king of the Jews. One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying,
Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us. But the other rebuked him, saying,
Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds.
But this man has done nothing wrong. And he said, Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
And he said to him, Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.
It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun's light failed.
And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said,
Father, into your hands I commit my spirit. And having said this, he breathed his last.
Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying,
Certainly this man was innocent. And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts.
And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.
Now there was a man named Joseph from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their decision and action.
And he was looking for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid.
It was the day of preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid.
Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the
Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. This is the word of God.
You may be seated. He said,
I freely offer my life. This blood is for your hands on pain.
I die that you might touch upon my heart.
You'll see the face of my
God. This blood is death.
My sin displays for all the world to view. Such is the mystery of grace.
It seals my heart in two. With pleasing grief and mournful joy my spirit now is filled.
That I should such a life destroy. Yet I kill.
Wretched upon my heart is the luck of Him who died.
With Him I crucified. And now my life will sing a praise of the pure atoning grace that looked on me and took my place.
For ever, wretched upon my heart is who died.
Will sing a praise of the pure atoning grace that looked on me and took my place.
What further benefit do we receive from the sacrifice and death of Christ on the cross?
So that the evil lust of the flesh may no more reign in us, but that we may offer ourselves unto
Him a sacrifice of thanksgiving. Let us pray a prayer of adoration before our
Lord together. Lord God, it is in Christ that we come before you corporately this morning, thanking you that in your grace you have provided through your
Son a way to you, Father, and a way of communion with each other as well.
Lord, we come before you as witnesses of your holiness in every way,
Lord. We attest with the psalmist that you, our God, are holy.
What God is like our God. And yet with another, how great are your thoughts and how profound your works.
Lord, you are holy in your goodness to us. There is no God like you, no God as good as you.
You are holy in your compassion towards us, in your steadfast love, in your patience and forbearance, in your grace and indeed in your mercy to us.
Lord, you are also holy in your justice, that you cannot overlook any one sin. And that is why we come before you celebrating this
Resurrection Day, knowing that our Lord, who gave up His glory and condescended to man to live as man and take the wrath that we deserved,
Lord, your justice was laid upon Him. We also celebrate your holiness and your power,
Lord, that not only was He slain for us but that He was raised for us, Lord. By your own power,
Christ is raised from the dead so that by that most perfect act, we die to our sin and are raised to new life in Jesus Christ.
So we thank you for that, that perfect wisdom, that perfect power displayed in the cross,
Lord. And I pray that as we have already done, so we would continue to do this morning, that we would continue to worship you in genuine heart, in song, in word, in the reception of your word, that we would be actively availing ourselves to that means of grace that you give us in sacrament,
Lord, in reception of communion for those of us who have been baptized and who believe,
I pray that that would be nourishment to us as well. Lord, this day continue to be glorified in our worship and continue to edify us.
And it's in Christ's name that we pray. Amen. Reading today can be found in Luke chapter 24, verses 1 -12, and then we will skip to 36 -49.
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.
And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. But when they went in, they did not find the body of the
Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.
And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, Why do you seek the living among the dead?
He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you while he was still in Galilee that the
Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and on the third day rise.
And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
Now it was Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James, and the other woman with them, who told these things to the apostles.
But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb, stooping and looking in.
He saw the linen cloths by themselves, and he went home marveling at what had happened.
Now to 36 -49. As they were talking about these things,
Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, Peace to you! But they all startled and frightened, and thought that they had saw a spirit.
And he said to them, Why are you troubled? And why do you doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is
I myself. Touch me and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones, and you see that I have.
And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them,
Have you anything here to eat? They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them.
Then he said to them, These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the
Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled. Then he opened their minds to understanding the
Scriptures, and said to them, Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer, and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things, and behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you, but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.
If you would take your bulletins, as we confess together the hope we have from the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
What does the resurrection of Christ profit us? First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, that he might make us partakers of the righteousness, which he has obtained for us by his death.
Second, we are also raised up by his power to a new life. And third, the resurrection of Christ is to us a sure pledge of our blessed resurrection.
If you would, turn your hymnals to page 308. This is saying, Christ is risen, he is risen indeed.
How can it be, the one who died has borne our sin and sacrifice to conquer every stain of death?
Sing, sing alleluia. Christ is risen, he is risen indeed.
Oh, sing alleluia. Join the chorus, sing with God redeeming.
Christ is risen, he is risen indeed. For joy awakes as dawning light when
Christ's disciples lift their eyes. On high he stands, their friend and King.
Christ, Christ, he is risen. Christ is risen, he is risen indeed.
Oh, sing alleluia. Join the chorus, sing with God redeeming.
Christ is risen, he is risen indeed. Where doubt and darkness once had failed, they saw him and their hearts believed.
But blessed are those who have not seen. Let's sing alleluia.
Christ is risen, he is risen indeed. Oh, sing alleluia.
Join the chorus, sing with God redeeming. Christ is risen, he is risen indeed.
Once bound by fear, now hold in faith, we'll reach the truth with our own grace.
And glory of sin.
Christ is risen, he is risen indeed. Oh, sing alleluia.
Join the chorus, sing with God redeeming. Christ is risen, he is risen indeed.
The power that raised him from the grave, now he's came and frees our hearts to live his grace.
Oh, tell of his goodness. Christ is risen, he is risen indeed.
Oh, sing alleluia. Join the chorus, sing with God redeeming.
Christ is risen, he is risen indeed. You may be seated.
I'd ask you to take your Bibles this morning and turn with me to Philippians chapter 2.
If you're unfamiliar with the scriptures or don't have a Bible, there's a few Bibles that would be on page 981.
We're looking at Philippians 2 this morning, and I'd ask that you follow as I read the first 11 verses of chapter 2.
So if there's any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Let each of you look not only to his own interest, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men, and being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
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. Father, we pray now that these words would become alive to us.
Help us, Lord, not to just see these as words on a page, but the very word from you that we need to hear on this day.
Open our hearts to it, I pray. I pray, Lord, that you would minister the gospel today as we recount the meaning of what
Jesus has done. And we'll thank you in Jesus' name. Amen. When Mary Magdalene went to the tomb on that first Sunday, the
Sunday that Jesus was risen from the dead, she had no idea what she was about to witness.
And when she did see Jesus, she didn't know what to make of it. What is this about?
What does this mean? The disciples at first had no idea what it meant.
They were hiding. They were locked in their rooms. And then they hear about Jesus, and they don't know what it's about.
What is the meaning of the resurrection? You may be here today. And you say, yeah,
I hear, I know, I've heard about the resurrection of Jesus, and I know you church people and you Christians, you believe in that resurrection, but yeah,
I'll just put that, I'll just check the box that says, I don't get it, I don't understand it, but, you know, it's just one of those things you'll never get.
Maybe you don't know the meaning of the resurrection. Well, what we see in the resurrection is this is nothing less than the exaltation of Jesus to the highest place of honor.
Now, scriptures view the history of Jesus, who is God incarnate, in two stages.
They see him in two stages of existence. First, there is his humiliation, and then his exaltation.
His humiliation, and then his exaltation. In his humiliation, Jesus left the glories of heaven, the place where all the angels worshipped him, and left everything where everything revolved around him, and he came down, and as our text tells us, he was born as a human being, he lived as a human being, and he died the worst possible death you could.
He went from the highest place in glory to the lowest place in human existence. He suffered along with us.
He went through all of the same things we did, and he was even crucified on a cross, in utter shame, hanging naked before the world, accused of being a criminal and a blasphemer, from the highest point to the lowest.
And then, our text tells us God took him from the lowest place and put him in the highest place that you could ever find.
Both humiliation and exaltation necessary for our salvation.
Now, let's look at verses 9 -11. We're going to center our thoughts on this text. Verses 9 -11.
Therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that 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. When Mary met the resurrected
Jesus that day, when the disciples met him in the days following, they were witnesses to the first step of Jesus to glory.
We need to understand Jesus in his exalted state. First of all, recognize that God the
Father exalted his Son. Now, what happened as a result of Jesus' willingness to enter the state of humiliation?
What happened? It says, verse 9, Therefore, on account of this, on account of what?
On account of the fact that he went to the lowest place you could, being obedient to death, even death on the cross.
Because of that, God exalted him to the highest place. He gave him exceptional honor.
Because of what Jesus did, God the Father then bestowed on him exceptional honor, an honor never before bestowed on anyone before or since.
And God gave him the name that is above every name in heaven and in earth. To bestow means to give or grant generously with good will.
God lavishly gave him this title of dignity. Now, some of you may have seen something like this on television.
I doubt that anyone has seen it in person. When the king bestows an honor on someone. So, in April of 1953,
Winston Churchill appeared before Queen Elizabeth and she conferred upon him the title of knight.
From that moment on, all men, whether they're British or not, all men referred to Winston Churchill as Sir Winston Churchill.
He had that title. Well, God placed Jesus in the highest rank of honor so that there is no dignity, there is no title found either in heaven or earth that equals his.
He has the highest that can be granted. What God asserts here is that Jesus went from the lowest point in the universe, death and utter shame on a cross as a criminal and a blasphemer to the highest point in all the universe.
And God the Father conferred on Jesus the title Lord, which is what we see in verse 11.
We are to confess that he is Lord. Now, how was that exaltation accomplished? Just as there were steps down from glory to the lowest place, so there are steps from that lowest place to glory.
What are those steps? God the Father gave exceptional honor by these steps to glory.
What are they? God exalted his son, first of all, to the highest place by his resurrection.
Now, we all know about the resurrection of Jesus. Everybody knows that. But you know what kind of resurrection it was?
This was not just the reanimation of a body. It was not just a body receiving life again.
This is something entirely different. This is what we call glorification. That is, when Jesus raised from the dead, he wasn't just raised so that he was the same guy in the same body.
It was the same body, but it was glorified. That is, this body in which he was raised was no longer subject to corruption and death.
That body was immortal. That body could never die. It was nothing had ever been seen like it.
Jesus had, if you read John chapter 11, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. What happened to Lazarus some years later?
He died. He died again. But Jesus isn't just reanimated life. Jesus was raised with a body that would never die, a body that was immortal.
Now, when Jesus was raised from the dead, he was given a name that is above all names.
Why? Because by it, God declared that the claims that Jesus made were indeed valid.
In Romans chapter 1 verse 4, we read, The gospel concerns
Jesus who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the
Son of God in power according to the spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead,
Jesus Christ our Lord. God declared him to be the
Son of God with power through the resurrection. Remember, Jesus was crucified as a blasphemer.
On that horrible night, Pilate sought to free Jesus because he could find nothing in him that would cause him by Roman law to execute him.
Do you remember what the bloodthirsty crowd replied? They said, we have a law, and according to that law, he must die because he claimed to be the
Son of God. Kill him. He claims to be the Son of God. He deserves death.
He's a blasphemer. And when you look at the claims that Jesus made, they're unbelievable.
I'll just pick one. This comes from John chapter 5. Listen to what Jesus says here.
For just as the Father, he's referring to God, for just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the
Son, referring to himself, the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.
In other words, just like God can save a person and raise them from the dead,
I can do the same thing. I can do the same thing God does. Moreover, the
Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the
Son. You think you've got to answer to God? Guess what? You have to answer to me. And then the last thing.
That all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Wow, what a claim.
You've got to give me. This is Jesus standing there teaching these people. He says, you have to give me the same honor that you give
God. My goodness. What is he claiming? He claims the ability to save and the authority to judge, and to top it all off, everyone must give him, that is
Jesus, the same honor that they give to the only true God. And yet, so can you see why they called him a blasphemer?
Can you see why they accused him of blasphemy? Why? Because if that's not true, listen, if that's not true,
Jesus is the worst blasphemer that ever existed. But guess what?
God raised this accused blasphemer from the grave, overturning the accusation, overturning the verdict, overturning the sentence, and declares he is exactly who he claims to be.
That's what the resurrection means. If you're here wanting to check off the box that says, one of those things
I don't know what to do with, I'm telling you what to do with it. Either believe Jesus is who he says he is, or he's a blasphemer.
That's the only choices you have. If he isn't raised from the dead, if Jesus never came out of the grave, he is indeed a blasphemer, and he got what he deserved.
But God raised him from the dead, overturning that accusation and that sentence.
When Jesus was raised from the dead, God gave him the name that is above every name, because by it,
God declared that he accepted his perfect obedience and his atoning work.
If Jesus' bones are still in a grave somewhere, that means he's no different than you and me.
That means that the penalty that God has imposed on all humankind, death, that Jesus is no different than us, he's a sinner.
Because he died. And if his bones are still in that grave, he's no different.
He's a sinner. But God raised him from the dead, and the resurrection says that God the Father honored his work.
For death, the penalty for sin was vanquished by him. It could not hold him, which means the penalty was paid in full.
How do you respond to this resurrected Christ? You cannot ignore him. You cannot ignore him.
My friend, if you don't believe that Jesus has been raised from the dead, then you must say he is a blasphemer.
You respond to him in faith for salvation, or you ignore him for your judgment.
Can I just put it plainly to you? Either you believe what he says and can be saved, or you say he's a blasphemer.
But if he has been resurrected from the dead, then he's also the judge, and you cannot ignore him.
Listen, you cannot ignore Jesus. You can't ignore him.
It's one or the other. God, now, here's the next step.
God exalted his son to the highest place by his ascension. Now, I realize that we don't have a lot of time, so take my word for it.
If you can jot this down, look it up later. Acts chapter 1, what happens? Jesus has spent several weeks with the disciples, a little over a month, and they're walking with him, and they're outside Jerusalem, and all of a sudden they see him just going up into heaven.
It says they stared up into heaven until Jesus ascended, was hidden by a cloud, and they're standing there staring.
All of a sudden, these two, what looked like men, standing there and saying, why are you staring into heaven? This one that you saw ascended into heaven will come again.
Same way you saw him go, he's coming back. And so he was ascended before the very eyes of the disciples.
He ascended into the presence of God, to the right hand of God. In the very next chapter of Acts, Peter, after the resurrection on the feast of Pentecost, gets up and preaches a sermon.
And he says, this Jesus that you crucified, God made him both Lord and Savior, and exalted him to the right hand of God.
Now he's no longer, Jesus is no longer the object of pain, sorrow, ridicule, hostility, opposition, and unbelief.
But rather, he is now the object of praise, and worship, and adoration.
One writer put it this way, the angels have resumed their song of praise, for the Lord of heaven has returned.
What a contrast to the abuse and insults he endured while on earth. Yet the song of praise now goes beyond that which was sung before his incarnation.
For a new stanza has been added, Jesus has done something which he had not done previous to his incarnation.
Personally experience and overcome death. And so now he receives the praise and adoration of all the heavenly creatures.
This is Christ's transition to glory. Begun at the resurrection, it's perfected at the ascension.
Jesus was given great honor by God in the ascension, because by that ascension,
God declares that the sacrifice Jesus made was made to him, and that it must be presented to him in the sanctuary, in the inner sanctuary.
And that it is enough, it is sufficient. Turn over to Hebrews chapter nine.
Hebrews chapter nine. We begin reading in verse 24.
For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.
You see what he's saying? Jesus ascended into heaven. Not just into some sky, but he ascended into the temple, the real temple.
Not one made with hands, but the eternal temple to appear before God on our behalf, on his people's behalf.
Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world.
You see what he says? It's enough. He doesn't have to keep offering himself like the Old Testament priest.
But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
And just as it is appointed for man to die once and then after that comes the judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time.
Not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Because God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus, he was admitted into glory.
Again, you cannot ignore this, Jesus. You cannot ignore this. You know, those of you who may be here who don't believe, the ascension proves that there's only one way to God.
It proves that the only way to God is through Jesus. And believer, you have confidence to come into his presence.
In the same book, Hebrews chapter 10, therefore, verse 19, therefore we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus.
So God exalted his son to the highest place through his ascension, in which he now is in heaven interceding for us.
And God accepting what he has done. But that's not all. God exalted his son to the highest place by his enthronement, that is, by seating him on his right hand.
In Hebrews chapter 1, verse 3, this very same book we just looked at, Hebrews 1, 3, after he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the majesty in heaven.
He sat down at the right hand of God. Jesus ascended to occupy the place at God the
Father's right hand. Now, to be at the right hand of the king, to be at the right hand of the king is to share in the glory and the rule of that king.
Right? Where do you think we get the idea, he's my right hand man? Right?
This Jesus now shares the glory and the rule of God. At God's right hand, he exercises his rule as king.
That right hand denotes participation in the government and the honor and the glory. Someone might say, wasn't
Jesus sovereign before? Yes, he was, but after the incarnation, going to that lowest point, being resurrected, now enthroned, he is publicly inaugurated.
Everybody knows it's Jesus. Everybody knows that he's the one who's received the government of heaven and earth, as well as his church.
The actual administration of power has been committed into his hands.
And so Jesus rules today as king. In fact, in Ephesians chapter 1, we read these words,
God raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, and put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church.
In other words, Jesus now rules over everything for the benefit of the church, his people.
Think that thought with me now. He's been enthroned. He is king. He's ruling everything for the benefit of his people.
All of history is moving forward to the place where we will be vindicated.
Jesus is ruling over all the events of this world for our good. For our good.
We may today, we may today be angry, discouraged when we read that President of the
United States issued a proclamation making today Transgender Visibility Day.
And you know what? That may make us angry, and that may make us discouraged, but yet we need to remember this.
Jesus is ruling over all, even our president, for the benefit of the church.
In some way, this is moving towards our good. We need to remember that.
When you get discouraged, when you think you're starting to lose hope, you remember Jesus has been enthroned at the right hand of God, and that throne, that exercise of authority is for our good.
You need to recognize as well here why God the Father exalts His Son. Why did
He exalt Him such? Let's look at verses 10 and 11 of our text. So that, why did
He exalt Him? 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. Now for one reason why God the Father exalted
Him is because He suffered humiliation. Remember the therefore of verse 9.
Because He suffered this humiliation, He exalted Himself. Because Jesus humbled Himself, God promised to exalt
Him. And since He was a public person and His work was done publicly, justice required that His exaltation should be just as public.
And so He was raised from the dead. And God the Father, note this, God the
Father exalted His Son in order to encourage us to humble ourselves.
You see, this text is what? It begins, we began in verse 1. Why? Because He's saying, look, don't do anything out of conceit or don't do anything for your own glory.
Put others' interests above your own. Put others' interests above your own. Why? Because that's what
Jesus did. And because Jesus did that, He was exalted. Now, you know what the context of this passage is?
In chapter 4, remember, Paul is writing to a church in the little city of Philippi.
And he's talking in verse 4, he talks about Euodia and Syntyche. Two women in the church, they weren't getting along.
They were at odds. And the church was kind of starting to form teams.
Right? And he's writing them and saying, no, that's not the way of Christ. Christ didn't...
If Jesus was all about looking after His own interests, do you think He would have come and died such a humiliating death?
No! And so, therefore, God exalted Him. So, therefore, you, you put others' interests above your own.
You be humble. And remember, whatever happens to Jesus is our lot as well.
All the way through. You read through the New Testament, you see, whatever happens to Jesus is going to happen to us. What does that mean? It means you too will be exalted.
It means you too will be vindicated. It means it's not for nothing. He exalted Jesus, He'll exalt you.
Not in the same fashion, of course, but He will exalt you. If Jesus suffered, we too will suffer.
And if He's glorified, then we too will be glorified with Him. But most importantly,
God exalted His Son so that He would be the universal object of worship.
Notice what He says, that He exalted Him. So that the name of Jesus, every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth.
All of created reality should bow the knee to Jesus. And every tongue confess that He is
Lord. God exalted Jesus so that you would worship and obey Him today.
That you would worship Jesus. By exalting Jesus and giving Him the title Lord, everything must change in your life.
Everything must change. You must bow to Him. You must confess Him to be Lord above all your other loyalties.
He's got the loyalties. You remember, the early Christians went through a time where the
Caesar wanted to consolidate His power, of course. And so, every subject of the
Roman Empire had to go to a temple, temple built to the Caesar, drop in some incense and declare,
Caesar is Lord. And the early Christians wouldn't do it.
So we can't do that. Because Jesus is Lord. Caesar is not Lord. Jesus, this resurrected one,
He is Lord. And they lost their lives for that. But they also believed that that Lord was resurrected.
And they would be resurrected too. And they could take death now because they knew a day was coming when they'd be raised along with Him or they'd be raised like Him in a body that was immortal.
But they could not say, Caesar is Lord because Jesus was Lord. What does that mean?
By exalting Jesus, God expects you to reorient, reorient your entire life to Christ's agenda.
That means you're going to be a different person at work. That means you're going to be a different person at home. You're going to be a different husband.
You're going to be a different kind of wife. You're going to be a different kind of child if you claim Jesus is Lord. Because you're submitting to what
He says, what He says overrides everything else. He is your
Lord. And you will live the way He says. That's what it means. And someday, when
Jesus returns, that future day, every knee will bow before Him.
Someday, every single tongue, every single person that has ever existed in this world, every tongue will confess that Jesus is
Lord. The whole world will recognize that Jesus is what He claimed to be. He may have been misunderstood and insulted and betrayed in the days of His life on earth, but in that last day, when
He reaches the zenith of His exaltation, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is
Lord. He will be recognized as the true and the living God, for this is the confession of salvation that comes from God.
Turn for a moment to Isaiah 45. Isaiah 45, verse 22.
Verse 22. Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God and there is no other.
By Myself I have sworn from My mouth that has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return.
To Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.
Only in the Lord it shall be said of Me our righteousness and strength. To Him shall come, to Him shall come and be ashamed all who are in sense against Him.
In the Lord all the offspring of Israel shall be justified and shall glory. Now do you notice, to Me every knee shall bow and every tongue shall swear allegiance?
Do you see that the Apostle Paul is making a reference to that here? Who is saying these words?
God Himself. And what is God saying through the Apostle Paul? He's saying, you know how
I said every knee is going to bow to Me, every knee is going to bow to Jesus. What do you think that says? What do you think that says about Jesus?
And you know what? Our text says and God will be glorified in it. Now, I hope you've seen
Jesus today in all His glory exalted by God to the place of highest honor.
If you're trusting Him today, that is, you have said to yourself, you have said to God, I am a sinner.
I am under your judgment. I look to Jesus. He took the judgment in my place.
My hope's in Him. I'm just going to trust in Him. And God says, then He is your Lord and you are saved.
If you're trusting Him today, then He is your God and your Savior. But if you are today not believing, antagonistic, or even indifferent to Him, then
He is also Lord, but He is also Judge. The Jesus who rose from the dead and is seated at the right hand of God is this day offering mercy, but on that day that we see here, every tongue will confess.
I want you to think of this with me. Every single one of you here right now, every one of you, will someday bow before Jesus and confess that He is
Lord. Every one of us. As sure as you're looking at me, you will be looking at Jesus. And if your entire life you have neglected
Him, rejected Him, you have not confessed Him as Lord, on that very day you will bow before Him and you will confess that He is
Lord. Sure as I'm standing here, that is what's going to happen. For those who have already bowed and confessed, that will be a delightful duty.
But for those who refuse now, to bow and confess, that will be a day of damning terror.
Which would you have? Which would you have? Here is
Jesus seated on the throne. This very day He offers you mercy. He says, you don't have to face me that way.
I'm extending to you mercy. And while the day is here, there is mercy. While we live, there is mercy.
But if you reject His mercy now, you will confess Him as Lord. If you don't confess
Him as Lord now, you surely will that day. But it will be a terror. You do not have to die.
You do not have to wait and face Him as your judge because He invites you to come to Him. He's inviting you now.
He has the authority to judge, but He also has the ability and the willingness to save. Which will you have?
Which will you have? This Jesus has been exalted. The resurrection says, here
He is exalted to the highest place. Respond to Him.
Respond to Him today. Don't wait. Father, oh, how we can glory in the resurrection of Jesus.
Because by that resurrection, He showed that He is the one who can save.
And by the resurrection, He's the one who says, I will save. Father, help us to see
Him as a Lord who even pleads with us. Why will you turn away?
Why will you not come and find this free salvation? Free. Lord, help us to realize that He is
Lord to which we give our allegiance and our obedience. And that in trusting
Him, there is life. And that this one who's been resurrected has conquered death so in believing in Him, we no longer fear death.
No longer fear death because He has vanquished it. Thank you for such a mighty Savior. Now, God, I would pray that all who are here would look to Him in hope.
Thank you for your word that explains to us the meaning of Jesus' resurrection.
We pray this in His name. Amen. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
As we do at the end of every
Lord's Day Sermon, this is the table that speaks to us again of what
Jesus has done in His death and His resurrection. This is the table that helps us once more to call to mind the glorious grace of the
Gospel which is sinners who don't deserve it can be made right with God through Jesus.
This is what reminds us of that again. Now this is something that we do as a church and we want to say that the
Bible tells us this is limited to those who have professed Jesus, have bowed beneath Him, have confessed
Him as Lord and as those who have been baptized to show that. So if you don't meet that criteria, we're not here to judge you or anything like that.
We just know that this is what God tells us to do at this table. But I would say to you too, you say, well tell me more about this man.
I'd be glad to do it and so would so many others. But right now we come to this table to be told again that Jesus is raised from the dead and that His payment was sufficient.
We don't owe anything to God anymore in terms of trying to make it up to Him. We don't owe that to Him.
He says, I freely forgive you in Jesus because He took it and put all of the guilt of your sin on Himself and as you trusted in Him, that payment is enough.
You are mine. Jesus has a correction for us.
Remember this? He was betrayed.
Jesus took His head and said, this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. Father, we thank
You that in Your kind mercy You've given us a meaning in Jesus Christ.
Your only Son who committed no sin and yet He Himself bore our sins and His body on the tree in order that we might die.
Father, this morning we we celebrate the empty tomb. This tomb vacated by Jesus because death could not hold
Him. Christ is risen from the dead and on this we we stake our hope and by this we have confidence that our faith is not in vain.
We thank You for this in the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, this cup is new covenant in my blood.
Do this whenever you drink it. Please stand as we sing the doxology.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him all creatures here below.
Praise Him above the heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the
Lord your God promised concerning you. Now go and rest in His promise of Christ.