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Friday, April 02, 2010

Good Friday gap

The sermon I heard on Sunday used the Palm Sunday story from Luke, and also Philippians 2:5-11, as its basis. You would, of course, expect a Palm Sunday sermon on Palm Sunday.

But the speaker went past Palm Sunday. He pointed out that there is a gap between verses 8 and 9:
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, (ESV. See here for more information on use.)

That gap is because verse 8 ends at Christ's death, on Good Friday, but verse 9 begins with His resurrection, on Easter morning. I hadn't looked at it like that before, but should have.

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Eric Gregory said...

I don't think there's any disconnect. It's because of Jesus' obedience, even to death on a cross (8) that God has highly exalted him (9). God's exaltation of Christ is not dependent upon the Resurrection, the Resurrection is the way in which God exalts Christ.

Martin LaBar said...

Good point, Eric Gregory. I didn't mean to imply a disconnect, but that there seems to be a time gap between the burial of Christ and Easter morning.