Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:5-11
This piece of Scripture is found in Paul’s letter to the Church in Philippi. It is an ancient Christian hymn that both Paul and the Philippian congregation knew called “The Christ Hymn.” Paul added opening line that encourages the Philippians to have the same mind as Christ Jesus, and he added the “even death on a cross.”
As we prepare to begin Holy Week with the palms and passion reading on Sunday, I encourage you to understand that this is a time that helps us to remember the story that forms the mind of Christ within us. The story of the exaltation of Jesus Christ upon the cross is the story which Jesus has brought us into and given to us. It is the story that brings hope for the whole of the Cosmos. The story of Jesus suffering, dying, and rising is the story which he has given to us as his gift of love.
Over the next week, hear the story of God’s love. On Sunday, we will read Passion from Mark and a week from today we will hear the Passion from John.
God continue to be with you during this most holiest of times,
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+