Jesus Christ is Lord and God!
Christ is not simply a great teacher and prophet. He is much more than that!
John 1:1-5 “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 through him. Without him, nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it.”
It says that Christ is the Word of God and that He is God, the creator of all things!
Let us meditate on this – He exists before all things. He is the beginning! He is God Almighty. He is the life of all men because He creates all of us.
Christ is the light of the world and He has overcome the darkness of sin and death by His own death on the cross and resurrection in power and glory!
With faith in Christ, we too can overcome the darkness because Jesus lives in us.
Revelation 1:17-18 “When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. He laid his right hand on me, saying, “Don’t be afraid. I am the first and the last, and the Living one. I was dead, and behold, I am alive forever and ever. Amen. I have the keys of Death and of Hades.”
Our Lord Jesus is the one who comes to us and tells us not to fear.
He lovingly puts his right hand on our shoulder and displays His power.
He is the First and the Last, the One who defeated death forever and ever!
He is the great “I am”.
“Jesus said to them, “Most certainly, I tell you, before Abraham came into existence, I AM”
To the Israelites, the name “I am” is not uttered. It is the name of God.
But Jesus Christ said that He is God who came in the flesh.
Colossians 1:15-20 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created in the heavens and on the earth, visible things and invisible things, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things are held together. He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he might have the preeminence. For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him, and through him to reconcile all things to himself by him, whether things on the earth or things in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of his cross.”
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He exists before all things and was also the first to be raised from the dead into glory!
Therefore, He is supreme over all things and in Him all things are held together.
Dear believer: Your salvation is secure in His hands. Your entire life is held together in the loving hands of the Lord Jesus who is all-powerful, all-loving and all-gracious to us. The fullness of God is present in Christ and through His blood He has reconciled you to God by your faith in Jesus. Your sins are eternally forgiven in Christ by faith.
Colossians 1:19-23 “For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him, and through him to reconcile all things to himself by him, whether things on the earth or things in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of his cross. You, being in past times alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil deeds, yet now he has reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without defect and blameless before him, if it is so that you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the Good News which you heard, which is being proclaimed in all creation under heaven, of which I, Paul, was made a servant.”
Jesus is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
He was, He is and He will come! He is the past, present and the future.
This is why you are eternally forgiven, dear believer.
He is above all things because He made all things.
All things are from Him, through Him, to Him and for Him because Jesus is GOD.
Revelation 22:13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, ” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Romans 11:36 “For of him, and through him, and to him are all things. To him be the glory for ever! Amen.”
This glorious Jesus Christ is LORD and GOD as Thomas proclaimed:
John 20:25-28 “The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” After eight days again his disciples were inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, the doors being locked, and stood in the middle, and said, “Peace be to you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Reach here your finger, and see my hands. Reach here your hand, and put it into my side. Don’t be unbelieving, but believing. Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
When Jesus Christ appeared to Thomas, he declared peace – because his sins were forgiven by Christ’s wounds and blood on the cross when he believed.
His nail-pierced hands showed that our sins were forgiven when we believe.
Christ was risen from the dead and came to give peace to those who believe.
Thomas declared Christ as Lord and God because no other man had died for the sins of the world and was raised from the dead. This man Jesus Christ was not simply a great prophet or teacher. Jesus Christ is LORD and GOD.
John 20:29 “Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed.
Blessed are those who have not seen, and have believed.”
Do we have to see Christ before we believe in Him?
No, Christ gives us a better way! Believe in Jesus and you will be saved.
Jesus Christ is greater than Adam
Adam was a mere mortal and his one sin introduced condemnation and death to the world. But after every human being committed sins over thousands of years, the Son of God, Jesus Christ came to offer the gift of righteousness and eternal life by His death and resurrection alone! His one act of obedience offers us the gift of righteousness when we believe in Him despite our many sins!
Romans 5:15-21 “But the free gift isn’t like the trespass. For if by the trespass of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God, and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. The gift is not as through one who sinned; for the judgment came by one to condemnation, but the free gift came of many trespasses to justification. For if by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one; so much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ. So then as through one trespass, all men were condemned; even so through one act of righteousness, all men were justified to life. For as through the one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one, many will be made righteous. The law came in that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace abounded more exceedingly; that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
When we believe in Christ, His work of love removes all our sins and makes us righteous as God Himself. Therefore, Christ’s salvation is far greater than Adam’s sin.
But does this mean automatic universal salvation for the whole world?
Not at all because Paul wrote that only those who have faith in Christ are made righteous (justified):
Romans 5:1 “Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;”
Adam’s sin did not automatically condemn everyone because every person sins by trusting in their own works.
Therefore, everyone is condemned by their own sin and needs personal salvation.
Romans 5:12 ” Therefore as sin entered into the world through one man, and death through sin; so death passed to all men, because all sinned.”
Adam’s sin introduced physical death and suffering, in the same way Christ’s death and resurrection gives us immortality in heaven! Jesus had to be physically resurrected because He came to save us from earthly death and suffering.
1st Corinthians 15:20-22 “But now Christ has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruit of those who are asleep. For since death came by man, the resurrection of the dead also came by man. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.”
The above verse also does not mean universal salvation. It’s because Paul wrote in the same chapter that only those who believe in Christ are saved:
1st Corinthians 15:1-2 “Now I declare to you, brothers, the Good News which I preached to you, which also you received, in which you also stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold firmly the word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.”
Adam’s sin of trusting in his morality caused him to realize his nakedness and he tried to cover it up with tree leaves. His nakedness was a symbol of his sinfulness and the leaves were a sign of his works. But it was useless and could not save him.
Therefore, the only way for Christ to redeem us from the curse of Adam was when Jesus died on the tree (cross) being naked by taking all our sins.
Those who don’t trust in their own works but trust in Jesus Christ are clothed with the robes of His righteousness!
Isaiah 61:10 “I will greatly rejoice in Yahweh! My soul will be joyful in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation. He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”