Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s Reading: Philippians 2:5-11

In Lewis Carroll’s famous book, Through the Looking Glass, Alice steps through the mirror of the living room to find a world on the opposite side where everything is backwards. Alice wants to go forward, but every time she moves, she ends up back where she started. She tries to go left and ends up right; up is down and fast is slow. Similarly, Christianity is a kind of looking glass world where everything works on principles opposite to those of the world around us. To be honored, first be humble; to truly live in Christ, die to yourself. To lead, be a servant of Christ.

With the life of Christ, first there was the cradle, then the cross, and then the crown as we see from St. Paul’s writings assigned for today. The good news of this passage is that God will exalt believers who humble themselves before the LORD! These verses have been referred to as one of the most breath taking passages in all of Holy Scripture. This passage on the glorification of our Lord Jesus is the Mt. Everest among the mountain peaks of revelation concerning the person of Christ! The amazing account of how the Eternal Son of God stepped out of eternity into time, and became a man as God intended man to be. These verses, once more, capture some of the most amazing truths regarding our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing,” because He was slain from the foundation of the world. This is the word of peace and we know that is the work of you, our Lord. Allow us to subscribe to this as your disciples as we continue our Lenten journey. Amen.

This devotion was written by Rev. Ronald Rafferty – Pastor of Grace Lutheran in DeWitt.

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