SERMON:. King Jesus
Hang on because this message is more teaching than preaching. But it is important to understand the true nature of Jesus. And Paul goes into some detail
This letter apparently was written by Paul after he had visited the church at Colossae.
Paul credited Epaphras, with first bringing the good news to the city of Colossae.
However, it appears that teachers had come to the Colossian church and were spreading false doctrine. This teaching was that Jesus was just a man who was given godlike powers. There are still today some they don’t understand that Jesus was Emmanuel. literally God is with us.
This false teaching was affecting the way this new Christians were living their lives.
In spite of that, Paul writes that he thanks God because he had heard about their faith in Christ Jesus and their love for all of God’s people.
He further writes that some time ago they heard about the Good News which is the message of truth. He said, “This Good News is present with you now. It is producing results and spreading all over the world as it did among you from the first day you heard it. At that time you came to know what God’s kindness truly means.”
Paul reminds them of the truth as they first heard it. As Paul continued, he expanded upon and explained the truth about Jesus being both the Son of God and God the Son. Paul does this so that they, as he said, “may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will and have all understanding so that they may live according to God’s ways and not man’s.” (vs. 9-10).
Later in chapter 2 he explained
“My fellow believers, when I came to you, I proclaimed to you the message that God had revealed to me. But I did not proclaim it using eloquent words that would make people think highly of me, nor did I argue in a way that unbelievers would think was very wise. I did that because I decided that I would speak only about Jesus Christ. Specifically, I told you what he accomplished for us when he was killed by being nailed to a cross.
Furthermore, when I was with you,
I felt that I was not adequate to do what Christ wanted me to do.
I was afraid that I would not be able to do it, and because I was trembling very much.
When I taught you and preached to you, I did not speak words that unbelievers would consider wise in order to convince them that my message was true.
Instead, God’s Spirit showed that it was true by enabling me to powerfully perform miracles.
I taught and preached that way in order that you might believe my message, not because you heard words that people considered to be wise, but because you realized God’s power.
(1 Corinthians 2:1-5)
He begins his teaching about the fullness of God’s will by making Jesus the focus and center of the hopes of the young church. Paul is desperate for the church to understand that…
Jesus is preeminent over salvation (preeminent means Supremacy over or to have complete power over)
God our Father caused his Son to rule us, because God decided to reconcile to himself everything that is on earth and that is in heaven by what his Son did, in order that everything might honor his Son.
Our Father decided to return the harmony between all creation and himself. This was accomplished by his Son’s blood flowing as he died on the cross. His blood removed our sin and now allows us to come into God’s presence without fear.
Way back in Genesis chapter 3 we read how Eve and Adam and the serpent we’re all tangled together, pitted their wills against the will of God.
They destroyed the perfect creation that God had planned. Instead of free and complete access to God and all of creation, humankind would be in conflict and contention with the rest of creation. And that perfect harmony of creatures and plant life would also suffer.
That is how God’s Plan A was destroyed by the first couple. However, God had mercy on them.
It was tough love for sure. Hear these words from Genesis 3:22-23:
“But The LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand, and also take of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever—” Therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken.”
Do you understand God’s great love and mercy at work here?
God did not wish for them to live forever — in a state of sin. In their sinful state they could not stand before God and live. In Exodus 33:18-23 we read, “Moses said, “Please let me see your glory.” The LORD said, “I will let all my goodness pass in front of you, and there I will call out my name ‘the LORD.’ I will be kind to anyone I want to. I will be merciful to anyone I want to. But you can’t see my face, because no one may see me and live.”
So God, with a plan to redeem them, expelled Adam and Eve from the garden, so they no longer could eat of the Tree of Life and live forever separated from God by their sinful nature”
Paul wrote, “We know that until now it is as though all things that God created have been groaning together, and they long for that glory, just like a mother having the pains before bearing a child groans and longs for her baby’s birth.”
The apostle Paul understood this striving of creation to return to the perfect plan of God. He wrote in his letter to the Romans 8:20-23, “God caused the things that he created to be unable to achieve what he had purposed. That was not because they wanted to be unable to do that. On the contrary, God made them that way because he wanted them to keep confidently expecting that the things that he created will be freed from their sure decay.
He will free humankind and all of creation, in order that he can give them the same glory that belongs to his children.
Not only do those things groan, but we ourselves also groan inwardly. We who have God’s Spirit, who is like a partial gift we have received as we wait for the future glory, groan inwardly.
We groan while we wait eagerly for the time when we will receive our full rights as God’s adopted children. That will include his freeing our bodies from the things that hinder us on earth. He will do this by giving us new bodies.”
God our Father rescued us spiritually so that we are no longer ruled by the evil one, and God’s Spirit had transformed us spiritually so that we are now ruled by his Son whom he loves.
It is vitally important that you understand , that the sacrificial death of Jesus has redeemed us to God. Through Jesus our sins have been forgiven by God.
Our Father, has done this because he decided to reconcile – to himself – everything that is on earth and that is in heaven, in order that his Son might be honored.
We know God cannot be seen by anyone, however, his Son reveals perfectly what God—his Father—is like, because it is in his Son that the Father chose to completely dwell.
Hebrews 1:2-3 states it this way
“But now, when this final age is beginning, God has communicated to us just once by means of what his Son, who was also God, said and did.
God appointed him in order that he would possess everything that truly belongs to God.
God also appointed him in order that
he would create the universe.
He manifests God’s glory.
He exactly represents what God is like.
He sustains everything and carries everything forward to its proper goal by means of his powerful words.
When he had enabled people to be freed from the guilt of their sins, he sat down in heaven to rule at the place of highest honor with God.”
Let me recap what we’ve learned so far
Jesus is preeminent over creation (vs. 15-17)
He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God,
All of God lives in Jesus
He created all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.
Verse 18 states, “He(Jesus) is also the head of the church, which is his body.”
Ephesians 4:11-13 explains, “He also gave apostles, prophets, missionaries, as well as pastors and teachers as gifts to his church. Their purpose is to prepare God’s people, to serve, and to build up the body of Christ. This is to continue until all of us are united in our faith and in our knowledge about God’s Son, until we become mature, until we measure up to Christ, who is the standard.”
Verse 18 continues, “He is the beginning, the first to come back to life so that he would have first place in everything.”
God the Son is the first one who rose from the dead, by his own power, in order that he should become more important than everything and everyone.
Clearly Jesus was not the first person in the bible to come back to life.
The prophet EliJah’s prayers returned a boy back to life. (1 Kings 17:17-24), EliSHa, the prophet also, through prayer an actions returned a boy to life. (2 Kings 4:18-37)
Jesus himself raised several from the dead, the widow’s son (Luke 7:11-17), Jairus’s daughter (Luke 8:49-56), and probably the most famous, Lazarus (John 11:1-44).
However, (and this is important to understand) Jesus was not raised to life by someone else. He RETURNED to life under his own power.
All of those who were raised to life, at some point died again.
Jesus did not die but ascended into heaven and it’s seated at the right hand of the father.
Romans 8:34 renewals, “Christ has died, and more importantly, he was brought back to life. Christ has the highest position in heaven. Christ also intercedes for us.”
Hebrews 1:3 echoes that by saying, “His Son is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact likeness of God’s being. He holds everything together through his powerful words. After he had cleansed people from their sins, he received the highest position, the one next to the Father in heaven.
It is central to or Christian faith that Jesus is God and the only way anything can be reconciled to God. (vs. 19-20)
God has now reconciled you and I to himself. He did that as a result of his jesus’s physical, sacrificial death. He did it in order that we should be completely holy when he brings us into his presence.
Okay time to recap again. We previous learned
Jesus is preeminent over creation (vs. 15-17)
He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
He created all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. —- And now we’ve learned —
Jesus is the head over the church (vs. 18)
Jesus is Lord over life and death (vs. 18)
So what does this all mean to us?
I believe Hebrews 4:12-16 provides a great summary. “God’s word is
living and active.
It is sharper than any two-edged sword and cuts as deep as the place where soul and spirit meet, the place where joints and marrow meet.
God’s word judges a person’s thoughts and intentions.
No creature can hide from God. Everything is uncovered and exposed for him to see.
We must answer to him.
We need to hold on to our declaration of faith:
(in Jesus,) We have a superior chief priest who has gone through the heavens. That person is Jesus, the Son of God.
We have a chief priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. (Because) He was tempted in every way that we are, — but he didn’t sin.
So we can go confidently to the throne of God’s kindness to receive mercy and find kindness, which will help us at the right time.”
Two things that every person absolutely must come to understand are
the holiness of God
and the sinfulness of man.
These topics are difficult for people to face.
However, they go together: if we understand who God is, and catch a glimpse of His majesty, purity, and holiness, then we are instantly aware of the extent of our own corruption.
When Paul wrote in Romans 3:23 “All have sinned, and fallen short of God’s glory.” It was not a new concept. That idea is repeated over and over throughout the old and New testaments.
The concept is illustrated by all of the “great men and women of the bible bible”. Every one of them were flawed.
Moses was a hot temperated AWWW EWmurderer and coward and he arguably considered the greatest person in the bible, with the exception of Jesus.
David, of whom it was written, he waa a “man after God’s own heart,” was also a murderer and an adulterer.
If these great men of God were unable to live a sinless life, what chance d do you and I have?
We have The same chance that they did – each of them sought forgiveness from God.
When sin happens, we must turn to Jesus, who has Supremacy over sin and death and by his sacrificial death, secured for us the grace of God — because we recognize that there’s no way that we sinful creatures could ever stand before Holy God apart from His grace.
Thank you King Jesus, Amen