Summary: Is Jesus our Lord?
Lord of All
Hudson Taylor was a man who made Jesus his Lord. The son of a preacher, saved at the age of 15 Hudson Taylor as a youth fully surrendered to the Lordship of Christ.
His pastor father had prayed for years that his son would go to China as a missionary and as a teenager Hudson Taylor answered the call.
Hudson Taylor started the China Inland Mission and when he came back to England to recruit more young people as missionaries he had one interview question.: Is Jesus your Lord?
He is quoted as saying this reason for that question; If Jesus is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all!
Hundreds of young people surrendered to take the Gospel to China through his leadership and the entire world knew of his surrender and sacrifice to our Lord. When he was introduced to speak at a conference in Australia there was a long list of accolades. Hudson Taylor stood up and said as JTB before him, “Friends, I’m just a little servant of an illustrious Master”
As we continue our study this morning on the book of Colossians the apostle Paul would have us respond to Jesus the same way Hudson Taylor did. So the question “Is Jesus your Lord?”
The false teachers at Colossae were just like the world today. They wouldn’t deny Jesus just dethrone Jesus. Give Jesus prominence for his teachings and his good will but not preeminence as the Lord of All.
John Howard Yoder talks about the person of Christ and his lordship over all our lives when he writes: “Christians begin to deny their Lord when they admit that there are certain realms of life in which it would be inappropriate to bring Christ’s rule to bear...
Of course, non-Christians will insist that we should keep our religion out of the way of their politics. But the reason for that is not that Jesus has nothing to do with the public realm, it is that they want nothing to do with Jesus as Lord. . . . What we believe about Christ must apply to all our behavior, no matter how many of our neighbors remain unconvinced.”
So let’s look today at how God’s word through Paul in this letter answers the question; Is Jesus our Lord?
I. Jesus is The Savior (v.13-14)
Mankind’s greatest problem is not the economy, global warming, health insurance, gas prices or political leadership. Our greatest problem is sin. Sinners need a Savior and if we really can see our own sin today, if we really grasp how sinful you and I are, how faithless, fearful, and griping we are then we would all shout: How Great a Savior we have!
Well what makes Him so great?
A. He rescued us (v.13)
That word delivered means we were rescued from danger. We could not deliver ourselves from sin and from hell so Jesus came to the rescue.
Notice also were rescued from the power of darkness and conveyed or moved from one place to another.
I love old movies especially old westerns. Danger surrounds a wagon train and they are about to lose all hope and suddenly in the distance. Dir..to..dir..to..dir..to..dir..to...dir.