Light Of His Word
The Sermons of Pastor Mike Walls
Freedom Baptist Church
Used By Permission
Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
MAGNIFICENCE OF JESUS
Introduction: If we went on a verbal or written journey of unfolding the wonders of Jesus is an almost impossible job. Eternity itself cannot suffice completely to unfold Him. John the Baptist pointed out Jesus as the Lamb of God, baptized Him with the approval of heaven, and then said of Jesus that we just read in the book of John.
Paul says to the Philippians that Jesus is above all. There are those think that they can ignore the Lord forever but Philippians throws that out the door.
Jesus is the central subject of the Bible. Anyone who reads the Old Testament must surely see the many Scriptures that prophesy of Jesus to come, and as for the New Testament, Jesus Christ is everywhere on its pages. If you cannot see Jesus all over in the Old Testament, you are not looking or you have never been saved or you are just reading. He is over and over again in the Word of God.
The very first verse of Matthew says, "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ," and the very last verse of the Revelation says, "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all."
The first name in the first verse of the first book of the New Testament
is Jesus, and the last name in the last chapter of the last
book of the Bible is Jesus. What is it about Jesus that
makes Him different from an ordinary man? What is it that
makes Him unique and magnificent? Why is Jesus given such
a prominent place in the Bible?
I. JESUS IS MAGNIFICENT AS TO HIS ETERNAL SOURCE.
Jesus did not begin to exist when He was born of Mary in Bethlehem. John 17:5 says that Jesus had glory with the Father "before the world was," and verse 24 says that He was loved by the Father before the foundation of the world. Jesus had been present with God in the eternal ages before the world began. The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem did not mark the beginning of a new person, but rather it marked the incarnation of the eternal Son of God who had been present with the Father and "became flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:14).
Jesus did not begin to exist when He was born of Mary, for the Bible says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God" (John 1:1-2). And so we see that Jesus was the Son of God long before He became the son of Mary.
Jesus was not just another man. He lived way back in the beginning when everything was started. In fact, before the beginning began, Jesus was. Jesus has always been with God, He knows all about us. He knows how we are made. He knows the secrets of our hearts; He knows our needs; and what’s more, being God, He is able to supply them all.
there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but
all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with
whom we have to do.”
II. JESUS IS MAGNIFICENT AS TO HIS MIRACULOUS BIRTH.
The Bible declares that our Lord’s mother was a virgin, that His conception was miraculous, and that the agent of conception was the Holy Spirit. The Bible says, "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman..." (Galatians 4:4). Why was it the right time for Jesus to have been born? Let me give you four reasons.
1. It was just the time when all the prophecies centered in him, and when there could be no doubt about their fulfillment. It was important that such an event should be predicted in order that there might be full evidence that He came from heaven. Yet, in order that prophecy may be seen that it have been uttered by God, it must be so far before the event as to make it impossible to have been the result of mere human speculation.
2. It was proper that the world should be brought to see its need of a Saviour, and that a fair and satisfactory opportunity should be given to men to try all other schemes of salvation, that they might be prepared to welcome this. This had been done. Four thousand years were sufficient to show to man his own powers, and to give him an opportunity to devise some scheme of salvation. The opportunity had been furnished under every circumstance that could be deemed favourable. The most profound and splendid talent of the world had been brought to bear on it, especially in Greece and Rome; and ample opportunity had been given to make a fair trial of the various systems of religion devised on national happiness and individual welfare; their power to meet and arrest crime, to purify the heart, to promote public morals, and to support man in his trials; their power to conduct him to the true God, and to give him a well-founded hope of immortality. All had failed; and then it was a proper time for the Son of God to come and to reveal a better system.
3. It was a time when the world was at peace. The temple of Janus, closed only in times of peace, was then shut, though it had been but once closed before during the Roman history. What an appropriate time for the “Prince of Peace” to come! The world was, to a great extent, under the Roman sceptre. Communications between different parts of the world were then more rapid and secure than they had been at any former period, and the gospel could be more easily circulated. Further, the Jews were scattered in almost all lands, acquainted with the promises, looking for the Messiah, furnishing facilities to their own countrymen, the apostles, to preach the gospel in numerous synagogues, and qualified, if they embraced the Messiah, to become most zealous and devoted missionaries. The same language, the Greek, was moreover, after the time of Alexander the Great, the common language of no small part of the world, or as least was spoken and understood, among a considerable portion of the nations of the earth. At no period before had there been so extensive a use of the same language.
4. It was a proper period to make the new system known. It agreed with the benevolence of God, that it should be delayed no longer than that the world should be in a suitable state for receiving the Redeemer. When that period, therefore, had arrived, God did not delay, but sent his Son on the great work of the world’s redemption.
The birth of Jesus was no ordinary birth. When the Jewish virgin Mary went down into that mysterious land of motherhood, she came back holding in her arms the only baby in all the world who had never had an earthly father. No birth like this had ever occurred before; no birth like this will ever occur again. Jesus (who made man) was born in the likeness of men.
If the birth of Jesus was not supernatural, then He cannot be our Saviour, for then He was born a sinner like all the rest of us, and then He needs salvation Himself. But God was not limited to the ordinary. The laws of nature, which we have discovered, do not bind God. One who takes away the supernatural conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit (and puts Joseph there instead) takes away our only hope of a perfectly pure, sinless Saviour. We can’t understand it, but we can believe it.
Jesus was perfect God, and yet at the same time He was perfect man. As man, He hungered; as God, He is the Bread of Life. As man, He said, "I thirst" (John 19:28); as God, He says, "If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink" (John 7:37). As man, He was weary; as God, He gives rest to all who come to Him. As man, He prayed; as God, He hears and answers our prayers. As man, He wept; as God, He wipes away our tears. As man, He was tempted; as God, He did not sin.
The life of no other man has been so carefully and so critically examined as the life of Jesus, yet men of all generations have confessed that Jesus was the only perfect Man who ever lived. Not a single time did He ever make a mistake! Not a single time did He ever utter a word that He had to take back. Not even His bitterest enemies, though they hounded His footsteps day and night to trap Him, could ever find anything for which to accuse Him.
His own challenge in John 8:46 was this: "Which of you convinceth
Me of sin?" The thief on the cross was compelled to
admit, "This man hath done nothing amiss" (Luke
23:41). Judas, the one who betrayed Him, came with the blood
money and threw it at the feet of the Sanhedrin, saying, "I
have betrayed the innocent blood" (Matthew 27:4).
And Pilate, the one who sat in the judgment seat and passed
sentence on Him, three times over declared, "I find
no fault in Him" (John 18:19). Every man has
some good points but Jesus has them all!
IV. JESUS IS MAGNIFICENT AS TO HIS SUPERNATURAL POWER.
Jesus has such mighty power that when Peter drew the sword and slashed off the ear of the high priest’s servant, Jesus immediately touched the ear, and it was healed. And no marvel, for actually He created the ear in the first place. John says in 1:3, "All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made." Who conceived the grace of the young deer? Who devised the majesty of the mountains? Who put the song in the throat of the mockingbird? One name answers all these questions, the precious name of Jesus.
When He stood before the disciples on the Mount of Olives (just before He ascended into heaven), Jesus said, "All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth" (Matthew 28:18). Jesus walked on the waves, stilled the storms, healed the lepers, raised the dead, and opened the eyes of the blind.
Jesus meets every need. He satisfies every desire. He
hushes every fear. He calms every trouble. He
is the Rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley, the balm of
Gilead, and the fairest of ten thousand to the soul.
He created the worlds. He changes the destiny of nations.
He has the power over death and disease. The Bible says
that even the wind and the sea obey Him!
V. JESUS IS MAGNIFICENT AS TO HIS AUTHORITATIVE TEACHING.
Matthew says at the close of the Sermon on the Mount, "And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at His doctrine; for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." (Matthew 7:28-29) The scribes were the learned men and teachers of the Jewish nation. They were largely Pharisees who taught chiefly the sentiments of the rabbis and the traditions, which had been handed down from the fathers. They spent much of their time in vain disputes and in quoting authorities.
But Jesus of Nazareth spoke so differently. There was an air of complete
and final authority on all that He said. He never said,
"It is probably this way," or "Consult the experts on the
subject." Jesus Christ is the authority on every subject!
Jesus over and over again said, "But I say unto you," not,
"So-and-so said." In fact, fifteen times He uses that
phrase “But I say unto you”.
VI. JESUS IS MAGNIFICENT AS TO HIS SACRIFICIAL SUFFERING.
Great men of this world may be valued for their lives, but Jesus is known above all for His death. The atonement of Jesus is the scarlet cord running through every part of the Bible. His death was prophesied in the Garden of Eden. His death was pictured in the sacrifices of Israel. Jesus spoke of His death when He said, "For this cause came I into the world" (John 18:37).
There are two hundred and fifty-five verses in the New Testament that refers directly to the death of Christ. One fifth of the Gospel according to Matthew, and almost one half of John’s Gospel record the last week leading up to the Cross. The death of Jesus Christ is of supreme value. On that afternoon when the sky was darkened and the sun hid its face and the veil of the temple was rent in twain and the Son of God cried out, "It is finished" – on that great day, the price of our redemption was paid.
And now, because of His magnificent suffering, Jesus can reach down into the pit of corruption and lift the sinner up from the miry clay and wash him white in the fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins.
It was no ordinary death that Jesus died – that was God Almighty taking upon Himself the sin of a fallen race.
"He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities...the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all"
Jesus bore my sins in His own body on the tree. Jesus stood
where I should have stood. The pains of hell that were
my portion were heaped upon Him. How can we not praise
Him and love Him and lift Him up.
VII. JESUS IS MAGNIFICENT AS TO HIS PROMISED RETURN.
As surely as Jesus came the first time, so certain is it that He will come again. One of these days this magnificent, wonderful, incomparable Jesus will come in all His glory and all His holy angels with Him. In the two hundred and sixty chapters of the New Testament the second coming of Jesus is mentioned three hundred and eighteen times. Jesus Himself said, "Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not" (Luke 12:40).
When Jesus comes again in power and great glory, He will be the judge from heaven who will "bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil" (Ecclesiastes 12:14). The books will be opened; the secrets of all hearts will be brought to light. Those who have been faithful servants will be taken home to the Father’s house. John 14:1-3
“Let not your
heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so,
I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And
if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and
receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be
Conclusion: Jesus is the light of the world, the bread of life, the true vine, the good shepherd, the door to heaven. This Jesus whom we love and serve is peerless, matchless, incomparable, magnificent. He has no equal! He is above all! There is no other that can be compared with Him!
The question we must honestly face right now is the one concerning His supremacy in our lives. Where have you placed this magnificent Jesus whom God has highly exalted? Are you giving Him the highest place? Jesus is supreme in every other realm; how can we forbid Him complete reign over the little empire of our hearts?
“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”
If you have never accepted Him or if you have been saying, "I want
to run my own life, I want to paddle my own canoe. I want
to be king of my own castle." You must remember this: there
is a day coming when every knee shall bow and every tongue shall
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God.
This sermon was first preached at Freedom Baptist Church located at 313 North Brightleaf Boulevard in Smithfield, NC. This large print edition was preached at Smithfield Manor Nursing Home services. If you would like further assistance or would like spiritual help, please contact Pastor Mike Walls at (919) 934-3302. If you have never been saved, we want you to know that Christ will only save those who ask Him to do so. Ask Him today and don’t delay.
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