December 16, 2017

Philippians 2:9-11

The Ugly Purpose

When we read words like “therefore,” “but,” or “so that” in Scripture, we need to pay attention to what’s next. Because what’s next is typically the good, the blessings, the eternal things God’s purposes produce. In 2:9-11, everything that comes after the word “therefore” is the beauty that results from God’s ugly purpose. Jesus’ sacrifice of equality with God, Jesus’ making himself nothing, Jesus’ taking on the nature of a servant, and Jesus’ humbling himself to death on the cross resulted in ultimate beauty.

The result today is Jesus is exalted to the highest place in heaven. The result is Jesus’ name is above every other name. The result is that someday, every knee of every person ever created—those on the earth, those in heaven, and those in hell—will acknowledge that “Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” Regardless of the suffering we have undergone or inflicted, regardless of social standing, regardless of own possessions, regardless of belief or unbelief, each of us will confess Jesus’ lordship on that day.

In Jesus’ brokenness, sufferings, and humility, we know God’s love and become beauty—the righteousness of God. What ugliness are you enduring today? Hang on—your “therefore” is coming!