COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “Jesus is Supreme”


Colossians 1:15-22

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“I thirst for God, the living God.” (Psalm 42:2, NLT)(Illustration by Jenn Webster)

We have all heard of the phrase, “Bigger is better”, and I am guessing that phrase might be true at some point or another: If you make something big, then that would be better. But my own opinion states that bigger is not always better; For example, if you plan on a party for someone and that you make it bigger, then that could lead to complications, leading to a ruined party. However, if you try to keep things simple by planning on the right things to make a party better, as in, concentrating on small things and not on big things that could otherwise ruin an exceptionally good party, then your guests can enjoy the fact of how well you have planned that party.
Now, when it comes to the fact that “bigger is better” in a spiritual case, then there is no need to look for anything that is bigger in order to make life better; The only Person with a much more grander name as well as being as supreme as anyone else in all of humanity is none other than Jesus Christ, the Son of our Lord God. You see, God looked inside the souls of our sin-sick lives, but nevertheless loves us so very much; He then showed His love for us all by sending His only Son to die on the cross for our sins to save us all, and then was risen from the dead to that our sins can be washed away with His precious blood. Yes, Christ IS that supreme Person Who has taken our place for us for our sins so that we could be rescued from the darkness of our sins.

       In Colossians 1:15-22(NLT), the apostle Paul explains the real, true reason Christ is supreme: “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made things we can see and the things we can’t see-such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him. He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is His body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So He is first in everything. For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through Him God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.”

The apostle Paul then concludes by saying, “This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now He has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body. As a result, He has brought you into His own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault.”
Now, would you very much like to know what all of this means? At first, you were once so very far away from God, but God loves you anyway, and He has ultimately found a way to both show His love for you and for you to be saved: He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to be born from the womb of a virgin named Mary in a stable in Bethlehem, to grow up to become the greatest Teacher as well as Preacher that mankind has ever known, performing miracles and helping to heal the sick. And then, He did something that nobody else in all of mankind could ever do: He took the place of a common criminal, allowing Himself to be beaten, whipped, forced to carry, and then become forced to carry His own cross, and finally suffering, bleeding, and dying on it, so that in order to do so, we could all be saved. And then, three days later, our Heavenly Father raised His Son from the dead, defeating death so that all of us could very well have life eternal.
Through Christ’s death on the cross, He has reconciled you to Himself in His physical body, resulting in the fact that Christ Jesus has brought you into His own presence, and then you become holy and blameless, standing before Him without a single fault.

       My dearest friends, the very best time to come to Jesus Christ is today, even while you are reading this message; Our Lord God offers His invitation to you to repent of your sins and to come to His Son.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16-17, NLT)

       And so, with that, are you ready to commit yourselves to Christ Jesus by inviting Him to come into your heart and be saved? Then I ask that you please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am a sinner. I have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. I believe that You have died on the cross for my sins, and have been raised from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that I could have eternal life. I ask now that You please come into my heart, and to let me follow You always as my personal Savior. I thank You so very much for paying the most ultimate price to save me. In your most holy & blessed name. Amen.”
If you have just prayed this prayer with me, then I would like to invite YOU into God’s Family! Now, the next thing that you must do now that you have given your heart to Jesus Christ would be to read the Bible, God’s most blessed Word, each and every day of your life; And then, you must attend church each and every Sunday of your life, so that you can praise, worship, and thank the Lord for giving up His only Son to save you from your sins. I very much hope as well as pray that you would make that most important decision of your life by giving your heart to Jesus Christ today, so that you can be with Him always. I would like to thank you so very much for taking the time to read this message today. Until next time, may the Lord God richly bless you.

Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

 

 

COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “Accepted”


Colossians 2:6-15 

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“LORD, accept my offering of praise, and teach me Your regulations.” (Psalm 119:108, NLT) (Illustration by Jenn Webster)

     We’ve all would like to be accepted into some kind of family or union; For example, we are accepted into a spouse’s family once we get married…When we graduate from high school, we would somehow be accepted into a university or college. And after we had been working on our jobs for so long, then we would be finally accepted into a much better responsibility when we have finally been given that promotion that we have worked so very hard for…
However, when it comes to the subject of being accepted into something, one must ask: Would you be accepted by Jesus Christ once you give your heart to Him?
Think of it this way: All of your life, all you ever wanted was to be accepted, as well as loved; Well, let me tell you something, my dearest friends: No matter who you are or what you have done, God loves you so very much, and He loves you so very much that He sent His only Son, Christ Jesus, to take your place of punishment and die on the cross for your sins, and that by defeating death when He has raised from the dead, He offers you the most incredible gift of all: Salvation as well as the promise of eternal life.

The apostle Paul explains this fact of being accepted further in Colossians 2:6-15(NLT): “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. When you came to Christ, you were ‘circumcised’, but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision-the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with Him you were raised to new life because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for He forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross.”
   Now, what I would very much like to ask you is just this one question: Have you been accepted by our Lord God due to the precious blood of His Son Jesus Christ on the cross? If you have not done so, and that you have been struggling for years trying to find some way to be saved from your sins. My friends, you cannot save yourself: Only Jesus can! And you cannot ever cleanse yourself of your sins-Only the precious blood shed on the cross by Christ can do that! My friends, there is no better time to be saved that right here and now, even while you are reading this message today-Just ask the Lord that you have sinned, and that you believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, and then invite Him to come into your heart.
My dearest friends, the only best way that you can ever be accepted is that by the love of our Heavenly Father through the gift of salvation that has been won for us by the blood of Jesus on the cross.
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in His grace, freely makes us right in His sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood.” (Romans 3:23-25, NLT)

     So with that, are you ready to be accepted with the gift of salvation won for us by Jesus Christ? Then all you have got to do is to please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Heavenly Father, I admit that I am a sinner. I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for my sins, and that You have raised Him from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that I could have life eternal. I ask now that You please allow Your Son to come into my heart, and let me follow Him always as my Savior. I thank You so very much for allowing You Son to pay the ultimate price of His life to save me. In Your Son’s most holy & precious name, I pray. Amen.”
If you have just prayed this prayer with me, then I would like to welcome YOU into the Family of God! Now, the next thing to do now that you have given your heart to Christ Jesus would be to read God’s most blessed Word, the Holy Bible, each and every day, and then I would like for you to go to a good, Christian church each and every Sunday, so that you can praise, worship, and thank our Lord God for sending His Son to sacrifice His life to save you. I hope as well as pray that you make the most important choice of your life by giving your very own heart to Jesus Christ today so that you can follow Him for always. I would like to thank you so much for taking the time to read my message today. Until the next time, may the Lord God ever so richly bless you.

Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.