Presentation on theme: "Being in Awe of Jesus Philippians 2:5-11. We should be in awe of Jesus! Philippians 2:5-11 –Four gospel truths that tell us why we should be in awe of."— Presentation transcript:
We should be in awe of Jesus! Philippians 2:5-11 –Four gospel truths that tell us why we should be in awe of Jesus –The gospel truth is that… JESUS IS GOD JESUS BECAME HUMAN JESUS IS OUR SAVIOR JESUS IS LORD
The Christmas Story Jesus was willing to do the unnatural thing –The supernatural thing - to bring Himself low –Willing to humble Himself, even to the point of death on the cross Have you ever wondered what it was like in heaven before the first Christmas? –What was it like for Jesus before He came to earth? –He was the Co-creator with the Father and Holy Spirit –Life in heaven was characterized by all that was perfect –A way of life characterized by true joy –Limitless existence with all glory and privilege Jesus choose to leave all that! –Because of the love He had for His creation, He decided to come to earth for you and me
Philippians 2:5-11 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Philippians 2:5-11 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus is God - vv. 5-6 The Nature of Jesus –Continues to be debated.…Newsweek and Time –Jesus is always considered to be one of the great religious leaders of all time Buddha, Confucius, Moses, Mohammed, and Jesus –All their websites mention Jesus and compare them to some worldly view of Him! –Doug Gresham – when you search for truth, you will run head on into Jesus! –But the Bible does not place Jesus alongside religious leaders! –The Bible says that Jesus, by His very nature, is God!
Jesus is God - vv. 5-6 Jesus was in the form of God –form = morphe = shape or nature - that which is essential to ones nature and character –Morphe is an outward expression of an inward reality Jesus is the outward expression of the inward essence of God What He is today, He has always been and will always be –Paul describes this in Colosians 1:15-20…
Colossians 1:15-19 (NLT) 15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. 16Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we cant seekings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him. 17He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together. 18Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so he is first in everything. 19For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, 20and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross.
Jesus is God - vv. 5-6 Jesus is Immanuel God with us (Matthew 1:23) –Throughout His life, He proved it –He gave signs for those who are willing to see them –He calmed a storm, establishing His authority over nature –He cast out demons, demonstrating authority over the spiritual realm –He healed cripples, signifying His authority over disease –He even raised Lazarus out of his grave, proving that He had authority over death
Jesus Became a Human - vv. 7-8 Jesus was found in appearance as a man –John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us… Richard Nixon –Said in a speech that the greatest moment in human history was when man walked on the moon –Billy Graham corrected him and said, No, the greatest moment in history was not when man walked on the moon but when God walked on earth. –God walked the earth in the form of Jesus –It was both extraordinary and ordinary!
Limitations Jesus imposed limitations on His earthly appearance –He did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped –For 33 years, the privileges of being God in full glory were set aside and He became limited by space and time God experienced flesh and bones He suffered and grieved He got thirsty and hungry He was frustrated and disappointed He could no longer be everywhere at one time He had to have clothes to wear If you hit Him, it would hurt If you cut him, He bled
Humility Never underestimate the humility of the Incarnation! The pictures of Christmas all look so pristine –There was no sweat, or worn out clothes –No smells that come with being in a barn –God was born - birth is messy, painful –Then He was placed in a manger – a feeding trough for cattle!
Humility Jesus was born to a carpenters family in an occupied country –His parents lived in Galilee, a backwoods area, from a small village that no one ever heard of –His mission was to communicate God to people, but He had little success in numbers of people –Jesus was righteous and just, yet He was hated and condemned by every traditional religious authority –Then He was betrayed by His closest friends brought up on false charges tried before a prejudiced people and a cowardly judge Jesus became human for a reason
Jesus is Our Savior - vv. 7-8 His love –He made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant Humans were given a perfect place to live; but we messed it up We were given the opportunity to live for God, but we messed that up too We were given law to live by, but we did not have the ability to do it –Jesus came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many
Colossians 1:19-23 (NLT) 19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, 20 and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross. 21 This includes you who were once so far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions, 22 yet now he has brought you back as his friends. He has done this through his death on the cross in his own human body. As a result, he has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. 23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly. Dont drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.
Jesus is Our Savior - vv. 7-8 Jesus did not come to be recognized or praised by the world –He did not seek the prestige of this world –He made Himself of no reputation –But instead of appreciating this and embracing Him, people rejected Him –No one really listened, not even His own disciples!
Martin Luther Lord Jesus, You are my righteousness, I am Your sin; You have taken upon Yourself what was mine. You have set upon me what was Yours. You have become what You were not That I might become what I was not.
born that man no more may die B.C. –The little ant, Dad, who is Jesus? –The father ant, Hes the reason for the season –The little ant, But Dad, I thought Santa Claus was the reason –The father ant, He is - if you prefer Nintendo to everlasting life
Jesus is Lord - vv. 9-11 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus is Lord - vv. 9-11 The Contrast of the Incarnation and the Exaltation –Jesus went from a birth in a smelly stable to the highest place imaginable –Jesus was once a weak, helpless baby, but now is the ruler and Lord of the universe Lordship: both a universal and a personal issue –A personal decision about Jesus is still required –We know enough!
The Indescribable Christ D. S. Lockridge Hes enduringly strong, Hes entirely sincere, Hes eternally steadfast. Hes immortally graceful. Hes imperially powerful. Hes impartially merciful. Hes Gods Son. Hes a sinners savior. Hes the centerpiece of civilization. He stands alone in Himself. Hes unparalleled. Hes unprecedented. Hes supreme. Hes preeminent.
The Indescribable Christ D. S. Lockridge Hes the loftiest idea in literature. Hes the highest idea in philosophy. Hes the fundamental truth in theology. Hes the miracle of the age. Hes the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously. He supplies strength for the weak. Hes available for the tempted and the tried. He sympathizes and He saves. He guards and He guides. He heals the sick, He cleans the lepers. He forgives sinners, He discharges debtors, He delivers captives, He defends the feeble, He blesses the young, He serves the unfortunate, He regards the aged, He rewards the diligent, He beautifies the meek. Do you know Him?
The Indescribable Christ D. S. Lockridge Well, my king is the king of knowledge, Hes the well-spring of wisdom, Hes the doorway of deliverance, Hes the pathway of peace, Hes the roadway of righteousness, Hes the highway of holiness Hes the gateway of glory, Hes the master of the mighty, Hes the captain of the conquerors, Hes the head of the heroes, Hes the leader of the legislators, Hes the overseer of the overcomers, Hes the governor of governors, Hes the prince of princes, Hes the king of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
The Indescribable Christ D. S. Lockridge His life is matchless. His goodness is limitless. His mercy is everlasting. His love never changes. His word is enough. His grace is sufficient. His reign is righteous. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Well. I wish I could describe Him to you. But Hes indescribable. Yes. Hes incomprehensible. Hes invincible, Hes irresistible. Im trying to tell you, the Heavens cannot contain Him, let alone a man explain Him. You cant get Him out of your mind. You cant get Him off of your hands. You cant outlive Him, and you cant live without Him. Well. The Pharisees couldnt stand Him, but they found out they couldnt stop Him. Pilate couldnt find any fault in Him. Herod couldnt kill Him. Death couldnt handle Him and the grave couldnt hold Him. Thats my king!
The Indescribable Christ D. S. Lockridge He always has been, and He always will be. Im talking about He [who] had no predecessor and He [who] has no successor. There was nobody before Him and there will be nobody after Him. You cant impeach Him, and Hes not going to resign. We try to get prestige and honor and glory to ourselves, but the glory is all His. Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, and ever, and ever, and ever. How long is that? And ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and when you get through with all of the forevers, then "Amen. And then Lockridge says… Oh I wish I could describe him to you.
Are you in awe of Jesus? He has given us the example –He has demonstrated self-sacrifice –He has shown us love –But if Jesus had looked at things the way we do, we would never have had Christmas. Are you in awe of Jesus? –He is truly awesome! –Jesus set aside the powers and comforts of heaven to come on earth to walk as a man –It is that kind of love that deserves worship –Be in awe of Jesus - He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords!