16th January

In today’s Evening Prayer we have the Philippians hymn that describes Jesus’ life of baby-jesusself-emptying. This began with descending from heavenly glory and being born in a stable. It ended with dying on the Cross on Good Friday. Taken as a whole it is the supreme manifestation of God’s goodness and outreach to us. This passage of Philippians also speaks about the holiness of Jesus’ name and why we should never take it in vain or use it in profane language – see the section in italics.

Though he was in the form of God,
Jesus did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.