December 16, 2012

Advent Devotional Series: High Enough

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Over the month of December, we will be posting an advent devotional written by Rev. David Tigchelaar each week, up to and including Christmas.  It is our prayer that these meditations will be a blessing to you as you contemplate what our Lord has done for us this Christmas season.

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name...” (Phil 2:9)

Because Christ was big enough and small enough, the Bible teaches us that God made Christ also high enough.

Christ’s mission of incarnation exalted him to the highest place and gave to him a name which is above any other. This is a profound truth and worth a lifetime of devotion and meditation. Of all the people who have ever walked this earth and felt its hope and its despair, there is no one who is equal to Jesus Christ!

When we talk about high enough, we are talking about perspective - the place from which we see our life differently. Mountain climbers climb mountains, not only for the thrill of the mountain, but for the thrill of the peak. From the peak, life takes on a different perspective. When we are high up, we see how very small we really are. We see peaks and valleys we have never seen before.

Jesus - who is lifted high by God himself - because of his love and work of redemption, lifts all others who believe in Him. The exalted name of Jesus as Saviour and Lord elevates and bestows a dignity on us that we have never known before and could not, were it not for Christ.

We see this in our own life, but we also see it in the world. To the sick, Jesus could say, “be healed.” To the prisoner, Jesus could say, “your sins are forgiven.” To the family caught in the cycle of poverty, Jesus could say, “I am the living bread.” To all who know the exalted Name of Jesus, he says, “You count for something!”

That message makes a difference in our lives for time and eternity. I count because Jesus counted me! You are lifted up because God lifted Jesus to the highest place.

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