Summary: As we prepare for the Easter celebration in a couple weeks we want to have an adequate view of the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Jesus: King of Kings and Lord of Lords
As we prepare for the Easter Celebration in a couple weeks we want to have an adequate view of the person and work of Jesus Christ. We don’t want a perverted view given by television or Hollywood. We want a Biblical view.
Philippians 2:4-11 states that God humbled Himself and took on the form of a servant and became a man, Jesus, the incarnate Son of God and Man. Jesus was obedient unto death on a cross, but God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
We find in the Revelation of John an adequate view of Jesus and his coming as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. A day is coming when Jesus will reign as King and Lord over the Universe and we will have the privilege of participating in that reign in heaven.
There are many views of heaven:
Steve an eight year old said, “When you die, God takes care of you like your mother did when you were alive, only God doesn’t yell at you all the time.”
Jimmy, another eight year old, “When you die, they bury you in the ground and your soul goes to heaven, but your body can’t go to heaven, because it’s too crowded up there already.”
Marsha, a nine-year-old, “When you die, you don’t have to do homework in heaven, unless your teacher is there too.”
An adequate view of God is one that sees Jesus as Creator and Lord of the Universe.
I. Jesus is Creator and Lord of the Universe
Revelation 1:8, “I am the Alpha and the Omega” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Jesus is the beginning and the end – Alpha, the first letter of the Greek Alphabet and Omega the last letter of the Greek Alphabet.
Jesus has always existed. Genesis 1:1, Jesus was involved in the creation of the universe, sun, moon, stars and the earth and all that dwells on the earth. Jesus is eternal, part of the Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God the Father revealed Himself in Jesus, the Incarnate Son of God. The Holy Spirit continues to make God known to all humanity through Jesus God’s only Son.
Genesis 1:26 God is speaking: “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” We are created in the image of God, in the image of holiness of righteousness. You were made to have fellowship with God. Your very nature is to hunger and thirst for righteousness. That’s why without a personal relationship with Jesus people are constantly searching for meaning to life – trying this and trying that, but nothing seems to fill the void. God alone can fill that vacuum.
The image of God in humankind was marred when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and listened to the Serpent, Lucifer, the Devil, a fallen Arch-Angel. Romans 5:12 says, Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man (Adam) and death through sin, and in this way death came to all en, because all sinned.”
Disobedience brought on the sinful nature that everyone since Adam is born with. It was because of sin and the consequences of sin, both physical and eternal death that caused Jesus step out of Heaven and become a man – God incarnate in the person of Jesus. Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinning, Christ died for us.”
The Apostle John is referring to Jesus when he states in John 1:1-4, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.” Jesus became God’s Word of revelation to all humankind.
Jesus is equal with God and taught that seeing and believing in Him is seeing and believing in God. False teachings state that Jesus is the created Son of God and not equal with God. Jesus stated emphatically that He and God are one. In fact Jesus went to the cross for blasphemy, because He claimed to be equal with God. John 10:31, Jesus said: “I and the Father are one.”