Summary: Jesus is Lord of all because he made it all and died for all.
JESUS IS LORD OF ALL BECAUSE
Text: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
1. Over the next few weeks as we begin our spiritual journey together, I want to begin by laying a foundation on which we can build.
2. That foundation for eternal life is couched in acceptance of the fact that Jesus Lord Is Lord of All
3. Really? That’s a bold statement. In fact I suggest it is a life and death statement.
4. I’m not going to take the time to prove that Jesus lives and was crucified and resurrected.
5. Many people believe all of that who are not his disciples.
John 12:42-43 42 Nevertheless even of the rulers many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess it, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: 43 for they loved the glory that is of men more than the glory that is of God.
6. What right does he have to claim to be Lord of all.
I. He is Lord of all because he made it all.
A. Go back with me into the far reaches of time.
B. Beyond the discovery of the Americas. Beyond the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Back ‘till you see Adam and Eve pure and sinless in the Garden, back to a point when no physical mater or time existed and there you will meet - - - Jesus.
C. In what must be one of the most sublime understatements in off of written history, John explains.
John 1:1-5 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
D. Paul describes it in deeper theological terms.
Colossians 1:15-20 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And 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, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
E. There is no way for us to completely comprehend the majesty, the beauty, and the power of his existence.
F. He was not created and never came into being.
G. He was there at the creation of the Universe – dwelling in place of such indescribable beauty, and harmony that our words cannot describe it and our imaginations cannot comprehend it.
H. Then God decided to create mankind for eternal fellowship with him – the father son and Holy Spirit.
A. Scripture describes God when it says God is Love.
1 John 4:16 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
B. God knew if he created us we would sin.
Titus 1:2 2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began
C. God is also holy which means he is just.
Deuteronomy 32:4 4 “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.
A. He gave us a choice and we chose sin
Romans 3:23 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
B. Justice demands the price be paid.
Romans 6:23 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
IV. The solution is the Lordship of Christ.
A. And yet, because of his great love for us he, of his own free will, left it all behind and come do earth.
B. He chose to enter this world in the body of a newborn baby, enduring the incredible physical trauma of childbirth.
C. He could have chosen to be born anywhere, any time at any place.
D. He could have chosen the splendor of Babylon’s hanging gardens, the opulence Solomon’s palace, excitement of cosmopolitan Corinth or grandeur of mighty Rome, glamorous hills of Modern Hollywood.