Christmas; It's All About Jesus ~ 20161225 ~ Pastor Rodney Zedicher ~ Ephraim Church of the Bible ~ www.ephraimbible.org
12/25 Christmas Day; Revelation 5; Its All About Jesus Audio available at: http://www.ephraimbible.org/Sermons/20161225_all-about-jesus.mp3
It's All About Jesus
Today is Christmas day. Christmas is all about Jesus. Christmas is a time we celebrate Jesus' birth. Christmas should be all about Jesus. But in truth, it's bigger than that. It's broader than Christmas. Christmas is all about Jesus, but really everything is all about Jesus. Everything. Jesus is the beginning, the means, and the goal of everything. Llterally everything. Paul says of Jesus in Colossians 1
Jesus was before all things. Jesus eternally existed. He is the origin of every created thing, both visible and invisible, material and spiritual. All things were created by him, all things were created through him, and all things were created for him. He is the origin, means and end of everything. It is all about Jesus. He is preeminent in everything. He holds first place.
Philippians2 tells us of Jesus
This is a great Christmas text. Jesus, being eternally in the very form of God, took on the form of a servant. He stooped down to be born in the likeness of men. Jesus, eternal God, at a point in history was born as a human baby. He took on flesh and became one of us. Deity clothed in humanity. This is Christmas. But Philippians moves immediately from Christmas to Good Friday, the reason why he came.
Christmas was the necessary precursor to Good Friday. Christmas happened so that Good Friday could. Jesus came to die. God the Son humbled himself, wrapped himself in human flesh, so that he could take our place. So that as a man he could take our sin and die as a legitimate substitute. But it doesn't end there. Christmas points beyond Good Friday. Because it's not all about us. It's not all about saving us. It's much bigger than that. It's really all about Jesus.
Yes, Jesus came to save us. But in saving us, Jesus came seeking the glory of his Father. And the Father was seeking the glory of Jesus in sending him. It involves us, we benefit immeasurably, but it's really much bigger than us. Christmas, Good Friday, all things, it's really all about Jesus. Jesus' name is above every name. Jesus holds supremacy. Every knee will bow to Jesus in every realm. Every angelic knee, every human knee, dead or alive, every demonic knee will bow to Jesus and acknowledge his supremacy. Jesus Christ is Lord, YHWH, sovereign. It is all about Jesus!
We see a picture of this ultimate goal of everything in Revelation 5.
The question is 'who is worthy?' Who is worthy? No one in heaven or on earth or under the earth. No angelic being, no man. No created thing. No one was found worthy.
Jesus is worthy. Jesus is the only one who is worthy. The Lion who is a Lamb. The promised King, the one who existed before David, who came to be a King greater than David. Jesus is the conquering King. Jesus has overcome. How? He conquered by dying. He humbled himself to become a slave, to die as a sacrificial Lamb. He is the Lamb standing as though it had been slain. He gained the victory over death by dying. By laying down his life.
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain! The living creatures and elders around the throne fell down before the Lamb in worship. They pour out as an incense offering before the Lamb the prayers of the saints. He has purchased people from every people group to be worshipers of God. The Lamb is worthy!
Innumberable angels join in worshiping Jesus who is worthy. It is all about Jesus!
Every creature that exists exists to worship Jesus. We were created for worship, because it is much bigger than us. It is all about Jesus! Christmas, and every day should be all about Jesus, for he alone is worthy!
Pastor Rodney Zedicher ~ Ephraim Church of the Bible ~ www.ephraimbible.org