Posts Tagged ‘Jesus Christ


Accept His Authority

For you and I to experience all of God’s blessings, we must accept the authority of Jesus Christ. After all, Jesus is in charge. He is not only our Savior, but His is the Lord of all. Whether we accept His authority or not, it does not change the fact that He is ruling and reigning at the right hand of God in power and glory. Peter wrote in 1 Peter 3:22 (NLT):

Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority.

Everything is in submission to Jesus, including creatures far greater than ourselves. Why don’t we recognize the authority of Christ? It is because of our sinful, rebellious nature. We want to be in charge. We want to call the shots. How our lives would change if we were to submit to the authority of Jesus. We would no longer fight against God, but would seek His will instead. We would no longer try to figure out how to lead our own lives, but rather we would let Christ be our leader. Humble yourself today under the authority of Jesus. See what a difference it makes to let Him take control as you navigate through life.


The Unknown

Jesus won the ultimate victory over death and the grave when He walked out of the tomb on a Sunday morning nearly 2,000 years ago. What did He do while He was buried? What did He do while awaiting the third day? Peter offers a clue in 1 Peter 3:19-20 (NLT). He wrote:

So he went and preached to the spirits in prison— 20 those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood.

What did Peter mean? He says that Jesus, the ultimate Victor over sin, death and the grave, went and preached to those who were in prison for thousands of years. This raises a whole host of questions. What did Jesus preach? Did He preach about His victory? Did He preach repentance and give those imprisoned spirits a chance to get out of prison? Where is this prison? What does that even mean? The fact is that we’re not really sure. There are a few things in Scripture that are vague or unclear. There are things that, if we’re honest, we’d say, “We just don’t know.” What we do know is that God loves the world so much that He sent His one and only Son to save us from our sins and that if we put our faith and trust in Him for salvation and forgiveness, we’ll spend forever with Him. I may not know how the internal combustion engine works, but I know that if I put my key in the ignition of my car, I’ll get to where I want to be. Put your trust in Christ and He’ll get you to where you want to be – Heaven.


Christ Is Lord

Which is easier: to call Christ Savior or to call Him Lord? Worshiping and honoring Jesus as Lord is much more difficult. We love the fact that Jesus died for us to rescue us from Hell. We are grateful that He loved us enough to sacrifice Himself for the forgiveness of our sins. We may not be quite as enamored with the fact that Jesus wants to be our Lord and Master. Here’s what Peter said in 1 Peter 3:15 (NLT):

Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.

What does it mean that Jesus is Lord? It means that we submit to Him in everything. It means that we surrender everything to Him. Everything. We own, possess and have nothing that is ours. Our money, our families, our jobs, our very lives belong to Jesus. There is nothing that doesn’t belong to Him. The Father gave Jesus all authority (Matthew 28:18). That means that He has authority over you and me. Jesus is Lord and we must honor Him and worship Him as Lord. We will all bow before Jesus one day. Let us commit to honoring Him as Lord of our lives today.


Jesus Was A Teacher

Jesus Christ is many things. He is the Son of God. He is the Savior of the world. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Friend of sinners. He was also a teacher. Matthew, in his biography of Jesus, wrote:

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. – Matthew 5:1-2 (NIV)

This is how Matthew begins his account of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus, exercising the authority given to Him by God the Father, taught people. Jesus, who was God in human flesh, taught people how to have a loving relationship with God and how to please God. He taught people how to have better relationships with others, too. Jesus was more than just a teacher, though. He is the Messiah and He came to seek and to save the lost and to bring them home. If you feel lost, know that Jesus is chasing after you to bring you home. He knows right where you are, so you can stop running away and just fall into His arms and He will teach you how to know and love God.

Enemies Of The Cross

God loved the world so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on a Roman cross for the sins of humanity. It was because of God’s great love and amazing grace that He gave us this gift. So many people choose to reject this gift. Not only do they reject it, but they actually hate those who have accepted it. Paul told the Philippians that many live as enemies of the cross. He wrote:

For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. – Philippians 3:18 (NIV)

Paul was brokenhearted over the fact that many see the cross of Christ as a threat and who live as enemies of it. Notice that they are not OUR enemies, but rather they live as enemies of the cross. We who have received God’s grace must pray for those who live as enemies of the cross. We need to love those who live as enemies of the cross. Our hearts should break for them because Jesus’ heart breaks for them. Let us do all that we can to reflect the light and love of God to this world so that those who live as enemies of the cross will come to know that Jesus wants to be their friend.

The Name Of Jesus

Philippians 2:6-11 is a powerful hymn about Jesus Christ. In the second half of the hymn, we see how God the Father responded to Jesus’ obedience. Paul wrote:

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV)

Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is ruling and reigning at the right hand of God the Father. There is no one like Him and there is no other name by which we can be saved and forgiven. One day every single human being who has ever lived will bow down before Him. Some will bow in praise and adoration because they’ve been worshiping Him as Lord for years. Others will bow in terror because they will realize that the One they rejected was the one true God all along. What about you? On that day when Jesus comes in power and glory, how will you bow before Him? Will you bow in awe and reverence before your Savior or in fear before your Judge? Either way, you WILL bow before Him.a

Heaven Versus Earth

The apostle Paul told the Philippians that when it came to dealing with one another, they should have the same mind or attitude as Jesus Christ. Paul then goes on to describe this attitude. He wrote:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.​ –  Philippians 2:6-7 (NIV)​

Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords, gave up His exalted position in Heaven for the humble position of a servant on Earth. Jesus gave up His heavenly throne for a lowly manger in Bethlehem. Jesus, who was worshiped by angels and all of the heavenly host, traded all of that in for the adoration of curious shepherds. Why would He do that? He did it because He loved the world. He could have stayed in Heaven instead of coming to Earth. We would have been lost in our sins forever. The love of Jesus brought Him to earth because He’d rather live and die here than live forever without you.

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