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Redemption: Language Is for Proclaiming Christ’s Kingship

Text messages are by far the preferred method of communication among teenagers. About 77 percent of teens have a cell phone, and three quarters of these send text messages regularly. A typical teen sends or receives 60 text messages every day. Girls ages 14 to 17 lead the way with about 100 text messages per day, as compared to 50 for boys of the same age. 

Language is always changing and developing, but the communicative purpose remains the same. For Christians, one of the most important messages we have to communicate is the kingship of Christ. At the end of the well-known hymn recorded in today’s reading, we see that knees and tongues will do what knees and tongues were meant to do at the culmination of history. Every knee will bow at the name of Jesus, and every tongue will confess Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father (vv. 10–11; cf. Isa. 45:22–24).

On our way to this glorious moment, Christ is our example to follow (v. 5). He did not pursue self-advancement. Instead, He demonstrated humility by taking a lower position in obedience to God. How low? So low that God became a human being. So low that He was executed as a criminal. So low that He’s described as a king’s opposite—a servant. The incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection were all part of God’s plan of redemption. The downward movement of verses 6 through 8 is followed by an upward movement in verses 9 through 11. God exalted His Son to a higher position. How high? So high that His name is above every name. So high that He will be king over all creation. So high that all of creation will sing His praises. He is indeed “the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Rev. 22:13).

Apply the Word

Jesus Christ is both a servant and a king. The life of faith is full of these kinds of spiritual paradoxes. Serving to rule. Dying to live. Surrendering to win the victory. The last shall be first. Obedience is freedom. Living by such truths has never been easy, but Jesus has shown us the way. We’ve been called to follow “in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21)!

BY Brad Baurain

Dr. Brad Baurain has worked as a writer and editor for Today in the Word since 1993. Currently, he serves as associate professor and TESOL program head at Moody Bible Institute. Brad has the unique privilege of holding a degree from four different universities (including Moody). He has also taught in China, Vietnam, the United States, and Canada. Brad and his wife, Julia, have four children and reside in Munster, Indiana.

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