The Exalted One
Christ Jesus was in the form of God:
yet he did not think to grasp at equality with God,
but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant:
and was born in our human likeness.
Being found in our human state, he humbled himself:
and became obedient unto death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him:
and bestowed on him
the Name 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 confess that Jesus Christ is Lord:
to the glory of God the Father.
Gospel Reading - The Son of man lifted up
20Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem to attend the Passover 21paid a visit to Philip,a who was from Bethsaida, and said, “Sir, we want to meet Jesus.” 22Philip told Andrew about it, and they went together to ask Jesus.
23-24Jesus replied that the time had come for him to return to his glory in heaven, and that “I must fall and die like a kernel of wheat that falls into the furrows of the earth. Unless I die I will be alone — a single seed. But my death will produce many new wheat kernels — a plentiful harvest of new lives. 25If you love your life down here — you will lose it. If you despise your life down here — you will exchange it for eternal glory.
26“If these Greeksb want to be my disciples, tell them to come and follow me, for my servants must be where I am. And if they follow me, the Father will honor them. 27Now my soul is deeply troubled. Shall I pray, ‘Father, save me from what lies ahead’? But that is the very reason why I came! 28Father, bring glory and honor to your name.”
Then a voice spoke from heaven saying, “I have already done this, and I will do it again.” 29 When the crowd heard the voice, some of them thought it was thunder, while others declared an angel had spoken to him.
30Then Jesus told them, “The voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31The time of judgment for the world has come — and the time when Satan,c the prince of this world, shall be cast out. 32And when I am lifted up on the cross,d I will draw everyone to me.” 33He said this to indicate how he was going to die.. . . . .John 12:20-33
- Philip. His name was Greek, though he was a Jew.
- Literally, “If any man.”
- Satan, Literally, “the prince of this world”; see 2 Corinthians 4:4 and Ephesians 2:2; 6:12.
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.