Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Edifier du jour-Phillipians 2:5-11
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
A good boss tries not to order people to do something he hasn't done himself. I'm still thinking about a response to Hokie Pundit's psuedo-universalist thoughts, but this verse is a good start, as it brings out the uniqueness of Jesus as a servant-king. Many religious will have "great" leaders, but few if any that stoop to conquer like Jesus. He gives us the role model of a servant-teacher for us to follow. This isn't the aloof mystic on a mountaintop or the conquistador, but something different and unique. In addition, Jesus isn't a was, he's an is. His birth, unique as it was, isn't the cornerstone of the faith. His death, while inspiring (and the root of our salvation), isn't the key. It's the resurrection that is the truly unique part. Mohammed, Siddhartha, Moses are all dead; all wases. Jesus is! [update-5/15 Thanks to Kevin Gowen-I had Galatians 2:5-11 instead of Philipians at first. Not my best day yesterday]

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