IS JESUS ALMIGHTY?

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IS JESUS ALMIGHTY?

Today’s message comes from a question that was sent in by Jack, from Canada.

When we think of the triune God; that is to say Father, Son and Holy Spirit; it can get a little difficult to understand and appreciate the true status that Jesus has in the eyes of the Father. Couple that with the way the world sees 'father-son' relationships, and it becomes very natural to see Jesus as subordinate to the Father. After all, to us, here in the natural, fathers do ‘out-rank’ sons.

To get a clearer picture of how things are, it would be more helpful to see Jesus' as a ‘matured’ Son; a Son who has gone through His right of passage, a Son who has grown up, a Son who has done all that the Father needs Him to do, and now, as a ‘fully-matured’ Son, He has inherited His Father's 'empire', Heaven.

It’s like this. Say you are the CEO of a big multinational, and your son is just 5. Of course he is under your care. Of course he is not your equal. But as he grows up, he graduates from college, he gets his MBA, he rises through the ranks of your company and is now your number 2. Has he grown in stature? Has he grown in importance? Has be become 'mighty'? Now imagine if you retired and handed over the reins of the company to him. Is he now ‘all-mighty’? And so the same can be said of Jesus.

Now, this is, of course, a very limited analogy, because it only looks at Jesus' ministry on earth. Jesus, of course, existed long before time, as we know it, began, for He did say through Solomon,

“When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman;
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of man.” Proverbs 8:29-31

Yet, I believe that this will give us a good understanding of just who Jesus is in the eyes of our Father, in terms that we would understand.

"When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17

If we take baptism to be the beginning of our life in Christ, then Christ's baptism can be considered to be His 'birth' into ministry. Now, right from the onset, we can see who Jesus is to our Father and how treasured He is by our Father.

Jesus' baptism also marks another significant moment; because right after He was baptized,

"Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." Matthew 4:1

Now, just thinking about logically, in terms we would understand; for Jesus to be successful in His earthly ministry, He needed credibility in the eyes of man; and Jesus could not have credibility in the eyes of man if He did not go through the trials that man goes through. If we know this, obviously God knows this. And this was probably why Jesus allowed Himself to be tempted by the Devil before He started His earthly ministry. I say 'probably' because I am only human and I dare not speak in place of the mind of God. I just make informed conclusions based on His leading. But I do not think that I am far off the truth, because the writer of Hebrews does say,

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15

And Jesus clearly passed that 'test' with flying colors, because,

"Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him." Matthew 4:11

Now, if Jesus had failed that test, I don't think the Devil would have left so quietly, true? After all, remember of merely Job, the Devil said,

“So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”” Job 1:9-11

Had the Devil managed to make the Son of God falter, do you not think that he would stick around and gloat? So if we look at things from man’s eyes, Jesus 'passed' the first stage of his 'route to maturity' by beating the Devil.

Now, don't just look at this as a personal victory for Jesus. There is a reason why Jesus later said,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33
Because think about it, He just beat the Devil. Would you not consider that to be more of an achievement than turning water into wine or raising the dead? So since He has just proven that He can do that, He has just proven that there is nothing that He cannot do.

Now as He 'matured' on earth, Jesus said this,

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:20-26

Notice how Jesus said that the glory which the Father has given Him, He has given us? And all that He was thinking about was our welfare, that we would be with Him in glory? Now, just thinking in our terms, would any son be that generous as to ask his father to bless others if he himself was not secure in his position with his father? So Jesus must have known, and known well, His status and standing with our Father, and that was why He was able to freely pour out His love for us. For indeed, it was later revealed to us that,

"Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself." John 13:3-4

Jesus knew that everything had been put into His hands. He was in control. He also knew where He was going to go, and what did He do? He turned and served us. Washed our feet. Now, that is confidence in His Father's love for Him.

Now, after He had died and risen, Jesus famously told His disciples this,

"And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

It is abundantly clear from here that by now, Jesus had run His race. He had gone through His right of passage. He had done all that His Father wanted Him to do, and just like He said on the cross,

“It is finished!” John 19:30

He is now, what we on earth would consider, a 'fully matured' heir to His inheritance. And that is why He can say that all authority has been given to Him in heaven and on earth. Now, whether this means that God the Father is now retired, that is really not the point. What arrangement They have between Themselves is really theirs to work out. We just need to enjoy the privileges that come from being our Father's child.

So is Jesus almighty? Very much so. For as the psalmist says,

“I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your grace and truth;
for you have made your word [even] greater
than the whole of your reputation.” Psalm 138:2 [CJB]
Jesus, who

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." John 1:1-3

“…the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

Jesus has now become greater than the whole of God's reputation,

“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, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11

So, is Jesus almighty? Very much so.

But what is even more valuable than seeing this victory in Him, is the knowledge that because we have put our trust in Him, because we have answered this call of His,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

For us, this applies.

“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Revelation 3:21

You see, because of His work, Jesus said,

“It is finished!” John 19:30

That means that when He said,

“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28

The moment we believed on Him, our sins were remitted.

When He said,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

The moment we believed on Him, we received everlasting life.

And when He said,

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17

The moment we believed on Him, we were saved.

But best of all, when we believed on Him,

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

We became our Father’s children. All that is done. All that is finished.

So because we now have the right to be called sons of God, and because Jesus is now in us and we are in Him,

“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17

So yes, Jesus is almighty. But this is not merely a victory or achievement for Him alone, but also for us because we put our trust in Him. So rejoice for not only is Jesus almighty, so are you, because

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

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