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Jesus Christ, Exalted Like No Other

At Jesus’ exaltation, His eternal glory was restored. Despite artistic representations to the contrary, Jesus was not born with a halo. Jesus did not live His earthly life bearing a glow of the next world. His countrymen asked, “Is this not the Son of Mary?” When Judas betrayed Jesus, he did so with a kiss. He didn’t tell the officers, “Just arrest the glowing guy.” The only glimpse of Christ’s glory seen on earth was on the Mount of Transfiguration, which was so astounding, Peter wanted to build tabernacles on the spot.

In John 17:4-5 Jesus prayed, “I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do. Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with that glory I had with You before the world existed” (HCSB). Part of Jesus’ exaltation was the restoration of His glory. The glory He set aside for the incarnation was restored at His exaltation.

Returning King of Glory

After His resurrection, Jesus saw Mary Magdalene in the garden where His former tomb was located. He instructed her to stop clinging to Him, because He had “not yet ascended” to the Father. Although the full meaning of this particular passage is not agreed upon, Jesus clearly intended to return to His Father and receive His exaltation!

At His exaltation, His position is established. One of David’s psalms is a song for a victorious king. The song and refrain goes like this:

“Lift up your heads, you gates!
Rise up, ancient doors!
Then the King of glory will come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
The LORD, mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates!
Rise up, ancient doors!
Then the King of glory will come in.
Who is He, this King of glory?
The LORD of Hosts,
He is the King of glory.”1

One possible context for this psalm is the return of the Ark of the Covenant to the tabernacle or the temple. The Ark represented the presence and power of God. The call and response focused praise on the God of Israel, strong, mighty, and glorious. Some Bible scholars believe that this psalm is a prophetic poem referring to Jesus. If so, the scene is the return of Christ to heaven at His ascension. He is the returning King of Glory!

Everything You Need for Victorious Living is in Jesus

Jesus Christ has been exalted like no other, but His exaltation is not without meaning for us today. Tony Evans writes in Bible Studies for Life, “In Jesus, the One who stands exalted like no other, you will discover both the fullness and the summation of everything you’ll ever need in heaven and on earth. It’s all there–in Him. Everything you need for victorious living is in Jesus.”2


He has been exalted and received a name above every name. At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow in the entire universe–heaven and earth–and the tongue of every person will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all.3 When we accept that fact that Jesus’ exaltation was on our behalf, it will increase our faith, strengthen our hope, and revolutionize our lives.

Yours for the Great Commission,

Ronnie W. Floyd

Senior Pastor, Cross Church
General Editor, Bible Studies for Life
President, Southern Baptist Convention



1– Psalm 24:7-10 (HCSB)
2Bible Studies for Life, Like No Other, Tony Evans
3– Philippians 2, paraphrase

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama from Ronnie Floyd and Former Presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention

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March 2, 2015

Dear President Obama:

Since ISIS is a continuing threat to world peace in a way unknown to us since the Nazis of World War II, we humbly call upon you to use the influence and power of your distinguished office to take the necessary actions now in this urgent hour to bring an end to these human atrocities. The abuse, brutalization, and murder of children, women, and men that is occurring before the world calls our country to lead forward to bring this to an end.

As you do this, please know that we are not only praying for you, but assure you that you will have the unequivocal support of the vast majority of America’s largest, and some say most multi-ethnic and multi-lingual, Protestant denomination in America. The world will applaud your courage and compassion as you defend those that Scripture calls “the least of these.”

Mr. President, just as Esther led forward for the deliverance of the Jews in her day, we believe you also “have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.” You have been given an historical moment to lead in protecting the people and the principle of religious freedom in the world. We are praying for you to have wisdom and courage in this hour.

These former presidents of our Convention join me, the current President of the Southern Baptist Convention, in making this humble, but urgent appeal to you.

Sincerely and Prayerfully,


Ronnie Floyd, President
Southern Baptist Convention

Bailey E. Smith, 1980-1982 Paige Patterson, 1998-2000
James T. Draper, Jr., 1982-1984 James Merritt, 2000-2002
Charles F. Stanley, 1984-1986 Jack Graham, 2002-2004
Jerry Vines, 1988-1990 Bobby Welch, 2004-2006
Morris H. Chapman, 1990-1992 Frank S. Page, 2006-2008
H. Edwin Young, Sr., 1992-1994 Johnny M. Hunt, 2008-2010
James B. Henry, 1994-1996 Bryant Wright, 2010-2012
Tom Elliff, 1996-1998 Fred Luter, 2012- 2014


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