” Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,
and given him a name which is above every name:”
Jesus death on the cross was the most humiliating, horrific thing that could happen to any human being. It is true that the Romans crucified thousands of people on crosses, but rarely did they beat them 39 times, as they did with Jesus. I doubt any of the others wore a crown of thorns, which pierced deeply into His skull. His garment was gambled for by soldiers. All of this to an innocent man who had done no crime at all.
And Jesus just let it happen. He could have called legions of angels to His rescue, but he did not (Matt 26:53). He was quiet before the Herod (Luke 23:9) and before Pilate (Matt 27:12-14), the two men who could have let Him go free. He knew He had to go through all this, and He knew exactly what He would have to go through. The putting aside of self this displayed was monumental. He gave all of himself for our redemption. To fully understand the depth of His sacrifice, you must read Leviticus and see what the law required as a sacrifice for sin. Jesus paid it all.
Imagine you have one son, and that son has become extremely successful in life. He is at the top of his field, and everyone looks up to him. I imagine you would be very proud of that son, and your hopes and dreams for him would be amazing. Then one day, he is running his usual morning run, and he comes upon a house on fire. He hears the sirens in the distance, and he sees two adults running out of the house, screaming that they can’t find their 4-year-old girl anywhere. Your son goes running into the burning house and soon the young girls comes running out the front door, but your son does not. He has been consumed in the fire.
The loss you would feel would be astronomical, but there would also be a huge sense of pride at the way he gave his life for someone else. I imagine God felt some sense of pride that His Son, His only Son, did all this. I can’t help but think of the smile that must have been on God’s face when he greeted Jesus once again in heaven. What a glorious day that must have been.
So for the mighty work that Jesus had done on the cross, God highly exalted Jesus. This is exactly what God wants us today for His son, highly exalt Him. We need to lift Him up in all we say and do. This is our duty, and it’s the least we can do for the one who gave His life for ours.
And God has exalted His name above every other name. I remember before I got saved, His name was a curse word in my mouth. It still is a curse word for a majority of our population. Have you ever thought about the fact that they don’t use Mohammed, or Buddha, or any other God as a curse word – it’s always Jesus. I can’t really explain that, but I now know that power of His name as I never have before. The enemy tries to tear His name down, but that name is above all other names. That will not change. Ever.
Lord, help me to always exalt your name in everything I say and do. Help me never to tarnish the name of my Savior and Lord. I owe my all to Him.