Summary: 1. Lord of His crown (vs. 14-15). 2. Lord through every crisis in life (vs. 16-18). 3. Lord over His creation (vs. 19-21).
Jesus Is Lord!
The Gospel of John
Sermon by Rick Crandall
Grayson Baptist Church - October 5, 2016
(Revised August 9, 2019)
*Please open your Bibles to John 6, as we focus on the lordship of Jesus Christ. Remember that at the beginning of this chapter, Jesus worked one of His most astounding miracles: The feeding of the five thousand.
*A great multitude had followed the Lord out to the countryside, because they knew Jesus had been miraculously healing people. Matthew 14:13 tells us that after Jesus heard about the death of John the Baptist, "He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities." John Phillips noted that the Lord probably set sail from Capernaum. (1).
*And Matthew 14:14-17 says:
14. . . when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
15. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.''
16. But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.''
17. And they said to Him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish.''
*Those people had been in such a hurry to catch up with Jesus they did not stop to take food. The only food they could find in that huge crowd was a little boy's lunch. Jesus then miraculously multiplied the five loaves and two small fish to feed the 5,000 men there, plus thousands more women and children! Everybody ate as much as they wanted, and here in John 6:13, they filled twelve baskets with the leftovers!
*Tonight's Scripture takes place immediately after that incredible miracle. Let's read vs. 14-21 to see what happened next. And as we read, please think about the lordship of Jesus Christ.
*There is nothing the world needs more right now than for people to recognize the lordship of Jesus Christ. And when we look into God's Word, nothing stands out more than His lordship. For example, we get a glimpse of the lordship of Christ in a prophecy from Isaiah, written 700 years before Jesus was born.
*Isaiah 9:6-7 says:
6. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
*Philippians 2:5-11 also strongly stresses the lordship of Jesus. There Paul was speaking to Christians and said:
5. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
6. who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
7. but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men.
8. 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.
9. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
10. that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
11. and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
*Jesus Christ is Lord of all! But is He your Lord tonight? And Christians: Are you living like Jesus is the Lord of your life? We need to realize more and more that Jesus is not just our Savior. He is our Lord!
1. SO NOTICE FIRST THAT JESUS IS THE LORD OF HIS CROWN.
*This is one of God's lessons for us in vs. 14-15, where John wrote:
14. Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, "This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.''
15. Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to a mountain by Himself alone.
*After those men saw the miraculous feeding, they rightly concluded that Jesus was the Prophet that Moses had foretold 1,400 years earlier. Deuteronomy 18:15-19 records this prophecy that God gave to Moses: