“at the name of Jesus, every knee should bend . . .” – Philippians 2:10

Psalm 25:1-9Ezekiel 18:1-32Philippians 2:1-13Matthew 21:23-32

Korean JesusPhilippians 2 includes a section known as the “Christ Hymn”. This little hymn predated the writing of the Philippian letter. The Apostle Paul borrowed it. It was not original with him but was probably a song sung by the earliest Christians describing the relationship between Jesus and God the Father. Christ’s Incarnation is so mysterious that it is best apprehended through poetry. 

Consider this: Christianity’s most important theological claim, in its earliest expression, was a hymn. Not a volume of theology, not an essay, nor a diagram, but poetry. 

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing
mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we,
running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of
your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who
lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for
ever and ever. Amen.