Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent – March 26, 2015

Today’s Reading: Philippians 2:5-11

“So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” Philippians 2:11

“End Zone Worship”, that’s what some people call it. The receiver runs hard, makes a cut, loses the defender, makes a spectacular catch, sprints to the end zone, and bows the knee to give glory to God. He may even point to the heavens. What a dramatic display of faith and devotion for all the world to see. What a tremendous witness!

Have you ever noticed that these displays of faith and gratitude rarely take place outside of the end zone? No bowing the knee when the same receiver makes a crucial block to open the way for the running back to score. Nor when the receiver makes a simple catch, drops a pass, or misses a block. Yet he still gets to play and he gets paid well for doing it. Is he only grateful when the result is measured in success?

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow.” This means everybody, all the time, in every circumstance. As sinful and redeemed children of God we are continually and eternally thankful for all our blessings, especially those of grace, faith, and salvation.  Our knees are in a constant state of bending as we bow in repentance and reverence. Unlike the Pharisee in the Temple and the receiver in the end zone, we humbly bow the knee at the name above every name – the name of Jesus – because He saves His people from their sins.

Prayer: At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, every tongue confess Him King of glory now. Tis the Father’s pleasure we should call Him Lord, who from the beginning was the mighty Word. (At the Name of Jesus, LSB 512:1)

This devotion was written by Reverend Larry Feldt, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran in Denver, IA.


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