Summary: God sent Jesus into this world so that we could know more Who God is. Jesus sent His followers, believers, into the world so that non-believers could know better Who Jesus is. Why? To present everyone perfect in Christ. Christ in You the hope of glory.
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We live in a celebrity-obsessed culture.
Shows about their houses.
Shows about their mobile homes (Will Smith – 2.5 million motor home.
News about them is huge business:
When Michael Jackson died, there were 456 tweets per second. When Steve Jobs died, there were almost 10,000 per second.
Raising someone up too high, almost inevitably destroys them.
But not Jesus. It is impossible to raise Him too high. It is impossible to speak His name too much, sing his praise too loud, live too focused on His greatness.
Just 30 years before this – this guy he’s talking about died on a Roman Cross. The most humiliating, horrible death available at the time…
What a scandal that Paul would lift Him high!
This bloody wreck is the GREATEST!
HE is what you need!
A murdered man is the king of everything!
He is your only hope!
1. Jesus is great enough to claim the title “God.”
Colossians 1:12 [Joyfully] giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
As such he’s greater than the angels. ANGEL BOOK ILLUS?
He’s greater than time.
He’s greater than creation.
He’s greater than death. He’s been to the other side and come back… just like we will someday.
“Firstborn” – Jewish expression that means “preeminent” “First in rank”
2. Jesus is great enough to save.
19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation--
23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.