Jesus Is Lord (Part 2 of 2)
Do you know anyone who has never done anything wrong? If you think so, you should talk to his/her spouse or best friends. We’d be hard pressed to identify a single sinless day in our lives. If you think differently, you need to evaluate your definition of sin.
By contrast John lived with Jesus as a disciple for more than three years. He didn’t observe a single sin in His life in all that time (1 John 3:5). Peter agreed that Jesus was sinless (1 Peter 2:22). You wouldn’t have to follow me around for fifteen minutes to find evidence that I’m a sinner.
Jesus came and brought us God the Father. He didn’t just tell us about God. He showed us what God is like. Knowing Him means knowing the Father (John 8:19). Believing in Him means believing in the Father (John 12:44). Honoring Him means honoring the Father (John 5:23). Hating Him means hating the Father (John 15:23). Seeing Him means seeing the Father (John 14:9). Welcoming Him means welcoming the Father (Mark 9:37).
Humans are concerned about who is number one. Who has the best car, dog, house, etc.? Whatever the endeavor, we try to figure out who is the best. We want to be number one. We want to be the best at something. It’s our way of proving our worth and making our mark on earth.
We’re often so preoccupied with trying to be number one, we don’t give proper worship to Him who is number one. At any one moment the spotlight can be on our accomplishments or on Jesus. But not both. In subtle and not so subtle ways, we spend much of our lives trying to steal the glory that should be His alone.
Colossians 1:15–18 describes Jesus’ number one status three different ways. He is the image of God. He perfectly reveals what God is like. He is the firstborn (first in rank) over all creation. He made it to do His will and give Him glory. He is the head of the church (the collection of all believers, past, present, and future). He is its Leader and source of its life. He has first place in everything (Colossians 1:18).
Instead of saying, “We’re number one,” we should say, “Jesus is number one.” In Philippians 2:10–11 every knee bowing before Jesus in worship accompanies confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord. Calling Jesus Lord implies that you do what he says (Luke 6:46). You owe Jesus complete obedience. He’s your ultimate boss with authority over every area of your life.1 #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources
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