Though in the form of God, Jesus did not claim equality with God but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, human like one of us. Flesh and blood, he humbled himself, obeying to the death, death on a cross. For this very reason God lifted him high and gave him the name above all names. So at the name of Jesus every knee will bend in heaven, on earth, and in the world below and every tongue exclaim to the glory of God the Father, “Jesus Christ is Lord.” Phil 2:6-11
Here we are in the Second Week of Lent celebrating the Incarnation of Jesus. At Christmas we pondered his wondrous birth. We remembered his adolescent self-assured remark of “being about my Father’s business,” and then having to go home to be obedient to his parents and learning a trade. We gather he lost his father Joseph and worked to support his mother before striking out on his own. A pretty ordinary life until he starts doing miracles (his first at his mother’s instigation) and speaking out in the synagogues and lakesides about the Kingdom. But when the crowds become crushing his family thinks he has lost his mind, he’s gone too far.