9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Alexander the Great is considered one of the greatest military minds of history. During his life, Alexander conquered much of the known world and had desire to conquer even more. Undoubtedly, Alexander was fueled by a desire to be known as great and to rule over as many people as possible. While Alexander’s legacy has lasted throughout the ages and his victories are well known, his conquests did not ultimately last.
In Philippians 2, Paul portrayed the greatness of Jesus that will last throughout eternity. Alexander desired that all people would submit to him, but he failed. Jesus is the only one worthy of this type of adoration, and it is certain to happen. However, the method of Jesus’s reign is unexpected. Verses 9-11 of Philippians 2 describe the glory and honor that all people will give to Jesus Christ at the end of the age. A few verses earlier in 5-8, Paul gave the means by which Jesus has been exalted above every name.
Most worldly victors, like Alexander, have gained fame by aggressive dominance, but Paul showed that Jesus has been exalted above every other name by humble service. Without a doubt, Jesus is able to display supreme dominance over every being in the universe, and at His second coming, He will display this level of power. Yet, He first came to earth as a humble servant, conquering the hearts of men and women with love.
In Jesus’s life, He displayed the backwards nature of His kingdom. Yet, it is through these unexpected means that God has exalted Him above every name that has ever existed.
• How does the humble service of Jesus stand in contradiction to the method of those considered as powerful leaders today?
• How have you experienced the conquering love of Jesus in your life? How do you need to respond today?
• Thank God for Jesus who has come as a humble servant to save those who have been lost and is now exalted above every name.