Summary: Third sermon in a series on Isaiah 9:6.
Today, I want us to consider yet another title given to our Savior by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit through the prophet Isaiah. The title of "Mighty God."
One of the premier passages in the New Testament that describes the might of our Savior is Colossians 1:15-20. Most scholars think that Colossians 1:15-20 make up a poem or a hymn that the early Church used to speak of what they believed about Jesus. Let’s consider what this passage has to say about Jesus, our "Mighty God." (Read Colossians 1:15-20)
1. He is the creator & sustainer of all things - Colossians 1:16-17
John was in agreement when he wrote, "Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made," - John 1:3.
The writer of Hebrews also testifies to Christ being the creator of all things when he says, "In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word," (Hebrews 1:1-3).
This truth was revealed during Christ’s ministry by the miracles He performed. Consider what we are told about the creation of the universe:
A. Creation was supernatural - Genesis 1:3; 6; 9; 11; 14; 20; 24; 26
The phrase "and God said" tells us that the universe came about by means of intelligent design and that the designer was God!
It truly takes more faith to believe that everything in our universe simply happened by chance, rather than by design! To say that this ordered universe came into existence by accident is akin to saying that a Timex came into existence as a result of the explosion of a watch factory. Indeed, as one looks around at the testimony of creation, they find affirmation after affirmation of the Bible’s contention that all things came about by the design and at the direction of God Almighty.
He was just a little lad, and on the week’s first day,
Was wandering home from Sunday School, and dawdling on the way. He scuffed his shoes into the grass; he found a caterpillarHe found a fluffy milkweed pod, and blew out all the filler. A bird’s nest in a tree over head so wisely placed and high Was just another wonder that caught his eager eye. A neighbor watched his zig zag course, and hailed him from the lawn He asked him where he’d been that day, and what was going on. "Oh, I have been to Sunday School," He said as he turned the sod, And found a snail beneath it, "I’ve been learning about God" "Surely there are better ways," the neighbor said, "for a boy to spend his time. If you’ll tell just where God is I’ll give you a brand new dime." Quick as a flash his answer came! Nor were his accents faint -"I’ll give you a dollar mister, if you tell me where He ain’t."
All of creation points to the logical conclusion that there is an intelligent designer behind it all, and the Bible identifies that intelligent designer as God! Creation was supernatural!
B. Creation was sudden - Genesis 1:3; 6; 9; 11; 14; 20; 24; 26
The Bible says that the instant God spoke, things came into existence.
C. Creation had a superficial appearance of age -
Adam & Eve were created as full-grown human beings, not babies. The oak tree was created as a full-grown tree, not an acorn. The chicken really did come before the egg! Adam and Eve had the appearance of being adults, even though they were seconds old. The oak tree had the appearance of being 100 years old, mountains had the appearance of being 1000’s of years old - everything had the artificial appearance of age!
Now with these things in mind, let’s look at how the miracles of Jesus point to His being the God of creation (John 2:1-11). Note how this miracle points to Jesus as the mighty God of creation:
A. This miracle was supernatural - verse 5
It was by the design and at the direction of Jesus that this miracle occurred. It happened according to His Word!
B. This miracle was sudden -
In this miracle, Jesus by passed the planting of the seed, the cultivating of the soil, the tending of the vine, the harvesting of the grapes, the stomping of the grapes, and the fermenting of the wine. The water was instantly transformed into wine, at His Word.
C. The miracle resulted in wine that had an artificial appearance of age - verse 10