June 06, 2014

Undercover Ceo

Philippians 2:5-11

Christ Jesus … being in very nature God … made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
—Philippians 2:5-7


In a message on the book of Revelation, a preacher noted that the Lord Jesus came to earth as the undercover CEO of the universe, much like a manager who appears in a worker’s clothes on the television show “Undercover Boss.” According to Philippians 2, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who is God himself, “made himself nothing”: “Christ Jesus … being in very nature God,” became a human being.

This explains why, in the words of John 1:10-11, “the world did not recognize him” and “his own did not receive him.” It explains why during Jesus’ ministry on earth hundreds of people walked right past him. It also explains why millions of people today refuse to believe in him. The CEO of the universe took on the nature of a servant and became one of us.

But this same Lord, ignored by millions, will someday come again. And on that day, as Philippians 2 puts it, “every knee” will bow “and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord.” Tongues that refused to confess his name and knees that refused to bow will have no choice but to acknowledge that Jesus is Lord of lords and King of kings.

Let’s pray for that day to come soon.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for making yourself nothing in order to save us. Please hasten the day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that you are Lord of all. Amen.

About the author — Arthur J. Schoonveld

Rev. Art Schoonveld is a retired minister in the Christian Reformed Church. Before retiring in 2001, he served churches in California, Illinois, and Michigan. Since his retirement he has worked part-time for the denomination and has served as an interim pastor. Art and his wife, Anita, have four children and nine grandchildren.

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