Summary: Four part message declaring Jesus to be Lord of the Beasts, Lord of the Barrier, Lord of the Flame, and Lord of the Dance
He is Lord
Text: John 20:24-31
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and [yet] have believed.
"AMONG US at this day we have many persons who are like Thomas-dubious, demanding signs and tokens, suspicious, and ofttimes sad. The doubter is prone to fits of depression. I think that there is sometimes a slight touch of Thomas in most of us. There are times and seasons when the strong man fails, and when the firm believer has to pause a while, and say, "Is it so?" (Spurgeon)
Jesus revealed Himself to Thomas instead of letting him wallow in the mire of doubt and unbelief.
Thomas responds, "My Lord, and My God"
I want to present 4 examples of scripture where Jesus is Lord, and trust that by the grace of God and the moving of His spirit, doubt and unbelief will again be driven from the Lord’s Thomases.Jesus dealt with Thomas’s doubt by appearing to Him, to us He deals with our doubt thru the Word of God. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God..
Lord of the Beasts for those who doubt God’s delivering power.
Lord of the Barrier for those who doubt God’s power to change others.
Lord of the Flame for those who doubt God’s hand in circumstances.
Lord of the Dance for those who doubt God’s ability to bring happiness.
First as the ruler of creation He is Lord of the beasts, bringing their passions under His control.
If God can control the beasts of the earth, He can control the beast in you. Sometimes when people are struggling with an area of sin or temptation they can be tempted to give up thinking it hopeless. Or like Thomas their faith is weak and they think the only way to victory is to get "zapped," by God. God does at times deliver people through a spiritual "zap," but more often then not He requires us to struggle against sin, crucify our flesh, and die to self. He gives us weapons sufficient to the task which if properly employed will bring victory. One of those weapons is the realization that the ... "law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."1 In other words not only do we have our beastly passions beating within our breast, but we also have holy passions in the person of Jesus, of whom the scriptures say, "greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world." (1 John 4:4) Consider the following, and remember He is Lord of the Beasts!
1 Samuel 6:1,2,7-12
1 Samuel 6:1-2 "And the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months. And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? tell us wherewith we shall send it to his place."
1 Samuel 6:7-12 "Now therefore make a new cart, and take two milch kine, on which there hath come no yoke, and tie the kine to the cart, and bring their calves home from them: And see, if it goeth up by the way of his own coast to Bethshemesh, [then] he hath done us this great evil: but if not, then we shall know that [it is] not his hand [that] smote us: it [was] a chance [that] happened to us. And the men did so; and took two milch kine, and tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home: And they laid the ark of the LORD upon the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their emerods. And the kine took the straight way to the way of Bethshemesh, and went along the highway, lowing as they went, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after them unto the border of Bethshemesh."