Summary: Savior is supreme! And this Scripture helps us see why. 1. He has unlimited understanding (vs. 14-17). 2. He has the humblest heart (vs. 18). 3. He has the highest holiness (vs. 18-20). 4. He is the heavenly healer (vs. 21-24).
Our Savior Is Supreme!
The Gospel of John
Sermon by Rick Crandall
Grayson Baptist Church - November 16, 2016
(Revised August 20, 2019)
*Tonight in John 7:14-24 we will focus on the supremacy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And our Savior Is Supreme! This sure truth shows up all over the New Testament. We can see it in Scriptures like John 5:24-27, where Jesus said:
24. "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
25. Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.
26. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself,
27. and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man."
*Our Savior is Supreme! Colossians 1:15-20 says this about Jesus:
15. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
17. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
18. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
19. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,
20. and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
*In 1 Timothy 6:13-16, Paul wrote these words to Timothy:
13. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,
14. that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing,
15. which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
16. who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
*Then in Revelation 19:11-16, the Apostle John gave this testimony about Jesus:
11. Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
12. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.
13. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
14. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.
15. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
*Our Savior is Supreme! And there are many other examples in Scripture. Actually, there are many more examples than I ever realized before, because the main original word for "Lord" in the New Testament means "the one who is supreme in authority." This word is found almost 750 times in the New Testament, and the vast majority of those times it's referring directly to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
*Every time someone called Jesus "Lord" in the New Testament, they were saying, "Jesus, You are supreme!" And we may not realize it, but every time we call Jesus "Lord" we are saying, "Jesus you are supreme!"
*Our Savior is supreme! And this Scripture helps us see why.
1. FIRST, HE HAS UNLIMITED UNDERSTANDING.
*By every measure, from every angle, Jesus Christ has wisdom and understanding that far surpasses our own. He is infinite in His wisdom and knowledge. We can see this truth in vs. 14-17:
14. Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught.
15. And the Jews marveled, saying, "How does this Man know letters, having never studied?''
16. Jesus answered them and said, "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.
17. If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.