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December 21, 2021 7:00 am
Jesus was enclosed the room. Rogers Jesus Christ is also Jesus Christ as disastrous to him is faithful understand who Jesus Christ is to know him is to love to love him. His question to trust him is to be radically dramatically and eternally changed to be transformed. The human mind too small to comprehend him in the human heart never really absorb who Jesus Christ is welcome to love were fine as we just heard from beloved pastor and Bible teacher Adrian Rogers.
It is crucial that we understand who Jesus Christ really is will never know the father except through the son. The visible Jesus makes the invisible God known. He alone rules the future and reconciles the fallen. If you have your Bible turn now to Colossians chapter 1 will begin in verse 12. As Adrian Rogers answers this question. Who is Jesus I want to talk to you about Jesus and a fireman. Colossians chapter 1 when you found it. Look up here and let me speak. Colossians chapter 1 Brian Gumbel was interviewing Larry K on CNN and private Gumbel asked Larry King this question if you could ask God only one question Larry, what would be Larry King said I would ask him if he has a son very interested great question answer yes because Van Ismay is Jesus.
John Blanchard is estimated that of all the people live since the dawn of civilization there in about 60 billion people that wall planet Earth. Although 60 million people who walk planet Earth, only a handful had made any real lasting impression actually changed the world.
That handful of people is one who stands head and shoulders above all of the others, and his name is Jesus. More attention has been given to him more devotion has been given to him. More criticism has been given to him.
More adoration has been given to him more opposition has been given to this one person that all of the other recorded work that is sad has been set. Analyze, scrutinize, debated her that all of the historians in the philosophers and the scientists put together yet was here 2000 years ago and after 2000 years.
There is never one man on this earth that millions are not studying what he say think think about. Here's a person who lived in a minuscule tiny little lamb is a go and yet his birth divides the centuries A.D., BC before Christ and ammo dominating the years of our Lord. They never wrote a book that we know in library after library had could be filled with the volumes, the multiplied millions of volumes that have been written about the Lord Jesus. He never painted a picture so far as we know, and yet the world's greatest, are the world's greatest problems the world's greatest music the world's greatest literature as a Jesus Christ.
Jesus of Nazareth at its source. Jesus never raised an army so far as we know, the multiplied millions have died for him. He is ever traveled very far from his birthplace, and yet his testimony is going round and round and around the world. He only had a handful little follow us back followed him there in his ministry. And yet today, over 30% of the world population may his name. The largest such grouping on earth today. Jesus of Nazareth administrative only three short years public ministry and we are 2000 years later saying Jesus name is one because his name is had no formal education needed within the universe to a seminary and yet thousands of universities and seminaries, colleges and schools are built in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and in my estimation and my humble but correct opinion on can call himself herself educated who does not understand Jesus Christ, the great historian Kenneth Scott X said this, listen to this quote Jesus has had more effect on the history of mankind than any other of his race existed is not a Baptist preacher speaking that explain Jesus Christ is impossible to ignore Jesus Christ as disastrous to reject him is faithful understand who Jesus Christ is to know him is to loving the love him is depressed to trust him is to be radically dramatically and eternally changed to be transformed. I'm talking about who is Jesus human speech is too limited to describe in the human mind too small to comprehend him in the human heart can never really completely totally absorb who Jesus Christ is less re-Colossians 1 and I want to begin reading for you have to break in less break in the verse 12 giving thanks unto the fall which has made us meet our fitting to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light of folks that's talking about you talk about your inheritance. If somebody left you a legacy. Would you not be interested then pay attention delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son Larry King. There's your answer. God does have a son.
God says if he is my dear son has a kingdom malice talk about the inheritance that we have in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins, who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. For by him were all things created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities or powers. All things were created by him and for him and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead is the key to it all that it all things he, Jesus might have the preeminence board please the father that in him that is in his son should all fullness dwell and having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him by Jesus to reconcile all things to himself by him, I say, whether they be things in earth are things in heaven and you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. We go to talk a little bit now about the Lord Jesus Christ that it all things he might have preeminence.
He doesn't want a place in your life.
He doesn't wish for prominence in your life. He deserves and demands preeminence.
Three reasons I want to give the writer before us. Reason number one. Jesus reveals the fall.
Jesus reveals the file look in verse 15 Jesus is the image of the invisible God. God is spirit visible, unfathomable, unapproachable God. Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the visible Jesus makes the invisible God known the word image is the word icon. We go to talk about that in a moment.
I know God not by reason know God, not by related God, not by ritual. You're going to know God only by revelation, and Jesus Christ has come to reveal God to you.
You can never fully know God the father apart from God the son that look again at verse 15. Look at who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. Put those two words now lock your mind on those two words image enforceable. Colossians 115 image and firstborn Lord image is the report icon have a computer you have icons on the computer means a a representation that Jesus is the icon of God, the Greek word means the 80s representation Jesus is the express image of the invisible God. He is the icon of God, and go to a Colossians chapter 2 in verse nine CL Paul sums it up there for him him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. God was in Bethlehem's. He is the icon the express image of God. God friend Jesus Christ has cornered the market. He has a monopoly on revealing the fall. That's the only way you know God, let me give you verse margin Matthew chapter 11 verse 27 is what Jesus Christ himself said all things are delivered under me of my father and no man know if the son but the father made the know of any man. The father except the son and he to whomsoever the son will reveal him. Maeve Esther is not true I believe is true. Is it nobody knows my father let myself and you can know him, and less. I introduced him to you. That's a big statement why because Jesus is the express image of God to figure God out. How can the finite understand the infinite, not by reason but by revelation, any other God that you worship is the God of your guesses that the fall. I don't know conjure up some God worship him. Jesus came to reveal the fall is a will pastor Rogers that's narrowminded for you will be so broad-minded your mind is thin in the middle be so open-minded.
Your brains may fallout I want my doctor to be narrowminded. I don't him to say what you say. Kate involves the medicine. Let's just take one of them see what happens.
I won't my airplane pilot to be narrowminded not try to land with the landing gear I want my banker to be narrowminded, but if the thing that matters the most. My eternal destiny. I think I'm not the water little circuit, yes, you Know the father apart from Jesus Christ. Jesus did say I'm a ways that I am the way it did say I am a life is that I am the line I am the way the truth and the lie. You see God was manifest in the flesh.
My pastor friend Jerry vines imagines Jesus Christ going into the temple and having a conversation with the teachers when I was a 12-year-old boy. One of the learned doctors there strokes his beard and says son.
How old are you, well, he says, on my mother side I'm 12 years old, but all my side.
I'm older than my mother and as old as my father is. He was both God and man now called his mother side got thirsty on his father's side. He said I am the waterline told his mother side.
He got hungry on his father's side.
He took the little lad's lunch and fed 5000 called his mother side.
He was homeless and have a place to lay his head on his father's side. He owned the cattle on a thousand hills on his mother side. He wept at the grave of Lazarus owners father side.
He said Lazarus come forth and raised him from the dead he was with God in human flesh. That's the word image look at the word firstborn there in verse 15.
Now don't get the idea that firstborn implies a beginning. Jesus never had a beginning. There never was a time when Jesus was not Jesus settled in the Gospel of John before Abraham was, I am not not I was I am. He is the great I am, he never had a beginning. He has always existed in a state never start.
Have his beginning in Bethlehem. What is the word firstborn mean now the Jehovah's Witnesses tell us that that that that there was a time when Jesus was not that he was created. This is one of the verses that they try to use what they missed handle the word firstborn altogether.
The first word firstborn speaks of honor and privilege as God said David in Psalm 89 verse 27 and I will make him my first higher than the kings of the earth. Firstborn speaks of his exalted position. Look in verse 17 and he Jesus is before all things, he could not be created.
Why, because all things were created by him. It is obvious that whether that things in the heaven things on earth. Everything was made by Jesus and for Jesus and so you want to know God the father. Would you like to know what the great invisible God is light years would you like to know his heart friend Jesus reveals the fall. Thank God for that second point. Not only does Jesus reveal all he is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn, the highest of all creation.
Above all creation was secondly by Jesus rules the future Jesus rules the future begin on verse 16 for by him were all things created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by him and for him and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that all things he might have the preeminence board please the father that in him should all fullness well and having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him know what's this to reconcile all things unto himself by him, I say, whether they be things in there are things in heaven that what is a stalking that is talking about one who rules the universe one. Not only has this whole world in his hands.
But as the pass the present the future in his hands. People asked what is the world coming to answer is coming to Jesus and is coming to Jesus.
All things were created by him and for him and all will all climax in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let me point this out just a little bit.
First of all, he says Jesus is the power of creation. Look, if you will, in verse 16 Jesus is the power of creation. For by him were all things created. He is the power of creation.
The little baby in Matthew one is the mighty God of Genesis 1.
There was nothing made without him.
John tells us all things were made by him anyway. Don't you believe in evolution, not for a skinny minute. Oh, I don't believe in evolution. After I started I would believe in evolution, even for Christian this the next best guess of those who do not know the word of God. That evolution is true you have problems with the Scripture of the Bible can tell me from whence I've come knocking at the door and headed for trouble with salvation. If there is no creation of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. There was no fall in the Senate. There is no fall into sin. Father is no need for underwear man is just progressing onward and upward. But Jesus said in John three. You must be born again.
Genesis 3 is a myth.
John Teresa Farms that problem with salvation. I'll take something else. If you believe in evolution.
Have problems in society. That's why we have so many as we've often said to teach the boys and girls.
They come from animals at all, not to surprise us that they begin to act like animals. Listen, it was all made by Jesus, and coming up tomorrow will your part two of this vital message. Maybe today you have questions about who Jesus is what he means to you. How to begin a relationship with God through Christ and where find God's love email@example.com/radio you find resources and materials that will answer questions you may have about your faith again LWF.org/radio and click find God's love after like a copy of today's message. You can call us at 1877 love God, to order mention the title. Who is Jesus. This message is also part of the insightful series. The mystery of history for that complete collection all for insightful messages. Call 877 love God or go online to order it.
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