Summary: Why should we live under the Lordship of Jesus Christ?

Jesus Is Lord! - Phil 2:5-13

Sermon by: Rick Crandall

McClendon Baptist Church - January 29, 2006

*David Dykes asks a most important question: “What is God really like?” And David goes on to say: “Some people think the most important question of life is ‘Do you believe in God?’ But a more important question is ‘What kind of God do you believe in?’

There are many religions in the world that present many differing pictures of God and they all may contain a little truth. A stopped clock is right twice a day, but actually a broken clock is worse than no clock at all, because it gives you misleading information. You can believe in God, but if you have a false conception of God, you are no better off than an atheist.

What is God really like? Is He the God of the Muslim terrorists? Is God really named Allah and does he reward murdering terrorists who highjack airplanes and kill innocent people? Does He want all the infidels killed, even if it means strapping a bomb to your body and killing yourself?” [1] Of course not.

*What is God really like?

-Look at Jesus Christ and you will see, because He is God.

1. Jesus is Lord! And we must live under the Lordship of Christ first of all, because Jesus is the Lord of love.

*We can see this in vs. 5-8...

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

1-Jesus is the Lord of love! We know that because His love brought Him from Heaven all the way down to Earth.

-He left the greatest scene in the universe for us!

*Jesus knows all about Heaven, because Heaven is His home. He knows all about God, because He is God: God the Son.

*During my late teens and early 20’s, I was a firmly committed atheist, but occasionally I would wonder about the truth. And I remember the day I asked my Dad: “Did Jesus really claim to be God?”

*Dad said “yes” and of course that’s right, but I wish he had sat me down and gone through the Word of God to show me. Here are just a few of the Scriptures I wish Dad had shown me that day:

*John 1:1-3, speaking about Jesus says:

-“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

*After Jesus miraculously healed a man, John 5:15-18 says:

-“The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the Sabbath day. But Jesus answered them, My Father has been working until now, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.”

*In John 6:37-40, Jesus said:

-“All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which sees the Son, and believes on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

*And in John 8:23-24, Jesus said:

-“You are from beneath; I am from above: you are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that you shall die in your sins: for if you believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sins.”

*Jesus said: “You are from beneath; I am from above: you are of this world; I am not of this world.” Who could say that? No one but God!

2-Jesus is the Lord of love! His love brought Him from the greatest scene, and it made Him the greatest servant.

*In vs. 7, He made himself of no reputation, and took the form of a servant. So we see the King born in a stable, we see the King feeding others, we see the King washing feet, and we hear Jesus say that He “came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” That’s real love.

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