Summary: From the very beginning of the ministry God has entrusted to me, I have been convinced that Jesus is the focal point of our faith, the reality of any real ministering. You see, in John 12:32 Jesus said, “If I be lifted up I will draw all men to myself.” J
It seems most appropriate today, being my first time here, to establish common ground. To briefly talk to you about something that is near and dear to my heart, as well as yours would do us both good. From the very beginning of the ministry God has entrusted to me, I have been convinced that Jesus is the focal point of our faith, the reality of any real ministering. You see, in John 12:32 Jesus said, “If I be lifted up I will draw all men to myself.” Jesus was talking about his death and that is the gospel message, his death, burial and resurrection – the good news. You see, I’m convinced you can’t go wrong with Jesus.
Paul must have had that in mind when he wrote that great passage from Phil. 2:9, he said, “ Therefore, also God highly exalted Him,…Jesus… and bestowed on Him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is LORD…to the glory of God the Father!
I also believe the apostle John had that same theme in mind when in Rev. 19:11, he wrote these words; “And I saw heaven open and behold a white horse, and he who sat upon it is called Faithful and True. Jesus! And in righteousness he judges and wages war and his eyes are like a flame of fire. And upon his head are many diadems. And he has a name written upon him, which no one knows except himself. And he’s clothed in a robe dipped in blood. And his name is called the Word of God. And the armies, which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean were following him on white horses. And from his mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it he might smite the nations. And he will rule them with a rod of iron. And he treads the winepress, the fierce wrath of God, the almighty. And on His robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords!”
Both John and Paul clearly delineate the Lordship, the Kingship of Jesus Christ. He is, indeed, King Jesus! He alone is worthy of our praise, our worship, our service, and our love. WHY? Why is this so? Let me suggest several reasons.
1. BECAUSE CHRIST IS UNIQUE.
Jesus is the unique Son of God. Fully God and yet Fully man. Thus, unique in his manhood. When Jesus was here on earth he was as fully human as anyone can be. He was the perfect man! And yet in his deity, he was as fully God as God can ever be. Christ alone is the GOD/MAN. When Jesus came to this earth the celestial became terrestrial. The God out there became the God down here. The supernatural became naturalized. Thus Jesus Christ stands out in all history as God’s unique person.
He did everything we were intended to do and yet he did it perfectly.
Years ago, when Lawrence of Arabia was trying to persuade the Arabs to join the allies in the Great War. This was their response: “We’ll fight with you, if you’ll do one thing. If you will live like us, if you will eat like us, drink the water we drink, if you’ll live in the tents we live in. If you’ll fight with us and like us and do it as well as we do, if not better. Then we will join you.
You know in a much greater way, that’s what Jesus did. He came among us. He lived like us. He lived with us. He wore clothes like we wear. He ate food like we eat. He was tempted like we’re tempted. He did everything we do except, that he did it better than anyone else ever did because HE DID IT WITHOUT SIN!
1. Now Jesus’ uniqueness shows his superiority. Paul said, “God the Father has given him a name that is above every name.” Christ is exalted above all others.
*Just ask the angels what they think of Jesus, they’ll tell you. “A Savior has been born unto you, He is Christ the Lord.”
*Ask the Roman centurion what he thinks of Jesus, he will tell you. “Surely, this man was the Son of God.”
*Ask the demons what they think of Jesus, they will tell you. “What do you want with us, Son of God?”
*Ask John the baptist, what he thinks of Jesus, he will tell you. “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”
*Ask the apostle John what he thinks about Jesus, he’ll tell you. “He’s the bright and the morning star.”