The Primacy of Jesus

The primacy of Jesus stands at the center of all that is Christianity. Jesus has no superior. He has no equal. He has no substitute. He is no just-another-religious-leader in a parade of influencers. He is the Savior, the Lord, and not just any savior. Listen to the words from Scripture that point to this high position. John opens his gospel by telling us, “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. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:1-3).

What an incredible statement of truth about Jesus.

The Apostle Paul adds his insight, as led by the Spirit of God, and tells us in his writings to the church at Colossae, “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; that in all things he might have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:14-18).

What an incredible word of the glory of Christ.

In the very opening verses of Hebrews, the writer gives us his insight into Jesus. He says, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:1-3).

Jesus is Lord.

In our day and time, we need to make sure our presentation and understanding of Him remains central. Whether we are preaching, teaching, singing, or sharing, He remains at the center of what we do and who we are. If you’re preaching, the message, regardless of what the particular subject might be, is ultimately about Jesus. If you happen to be teaching, it’s not just a clever grouping of insights that you have put together but a presentation of the glorious truths of God who revealed Himself in His Son, Jesus. If you are singing, the music is not about gifted writers or composers or even about the singers with their beautiful voices, but above all about Jesus. If you are simply sharing a testimony with someone, you can witness to that person but your testimony is not about you. It is about the Jesus you have come to know.

The Bible declares that He is the Alpha and the Omega. In our modern alphabet, that means He is the A and the Z – the beginning and the end. In fact, He is A to Z and everything in between. Whatever particular subject about which you are singing, sharing, preaching, or teaching, make sure Jesus is the Ultimate Subject because what you’re doing will always have an unmistakable connection to Him. Just think about the letters of the alphabet and come to understand how He fits in every one:

Angels

Bible

Commitment

Devil

Eternity

Faith

God

Heaven

Incarnation

Judgement

Knowledge

Love

Miracles

Nazareth

Obedience

Prophecy

Quietness

Resurrection

Security

Tithing

Unforgiveness

Victory

World

Xerxes

Youth

Zacchaeus

The Bible speaks of all these things, but none over and above Jesus. Everything centers in and flows from Him. No wonder the Apostle Paul could write with such eloquence and beauty in Philippians 2:9-11, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Amen.

The author can be contacted at directions@mbcb.org.

Jim Futral

Executive Director-Treasurer
directions@mbcb.org

04-27-17

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