Chapter 1. The Magnificence of the Lord Jesus Christ

Romans 5:1 — Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Tonight I want to sit a spell and preach about the best friend a Christian could ever have...the Lord Jesus Christ. The title of these three words appear in 81 verses of New Testament. This name is well-known by Christians and loved by multitudes, but to those who hate our Lord, they choke on it and avoid saying it because of the implications and power of the greatness of His name and person.

I. He Is the Lord

We call Him Lord. What does this really mean or entail? The Greek word for "Lord" is the word Kurios and is rich in meaning which will add insight to its reference to the Lord Jesus Christ.

A. Lord was a Word of AUTHORITY.

It was used in reference to the father who was the master of his house, the undisputed owner of any property, to a person who had the authority to administer the death sentence upon a criminal, and to a man who had moral authority because he had authority over himself or self-control. These all describe Jesus.

If you are a Christian, Jesus is your master and undisputed owner. Your body belongs to Him.

1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 — What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

Jesus has the authority to condemn men and women without faith in Him, to eternal death. He is Lord. Let me ask, “What will happen to you after you die? Heaven or Hell?” Understand that He is the Judge.

2 Timothy 4:1 — I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

John 5:22 — For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.

As Lord, Jesus mastered and had self control over Himself. He conquered every temptation that He faced . He was sinless and as pure as fire or fresh fallen snow. That is why He could die for our sins. He was the only One qualified to pay our sin debt.

Hebrews 4:15 — For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

B. Lord was a Word of AFFECTION.

Kurios was also a word of courtesy and respect. The word "Lord" was used to address a superior such as a child to a parent, a student to a teacher, or a subject to a king. The Lord Jesus is our superior. If we have this attitude in our hearts, we will affectionately call Him Lord.

C. Lord was a Word for ARISTOCRACY.

In Oriental courts in the East, kurios or Lord was the title of royalty. In fact, in the East, the Caesar of Rome was called Lord. The Lord Jesus Christ is royalty. He is King of Kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16).

D. Lord was a Word of AGONY & ANNIHILATION.

This one word "Lord" sent Christianity clashing with the Roman Empire like hurricane waves of the sea that smash into granite rocks on the shores. It left Christians in ashes from the bonfires that licked their bodies in flames that were like sheets of molten gold.

Believers young and old were left to lie in puddles of blood on the Colosseum floor of Rome or upon rugged, roadside crosses for all to see and for ravens and vultures to feast upon.

Caesar worship became compulsory in the empire. Each Roman citizen was required once a year to offer a pinch of incense to the statue of Caesar and say "Caesar is Lord."

This was a test of loyalty to the Emperor. Once this was done, a citizen could worship any god he pleased, even the Christians. Thousands of Christians, however, would not compromise. They would rather die than attribute the term "Lord" to Caesar and worship him, because they knew he was not Lord at all.

If you were in their shoes, what would you have done? Is Jesus your Lord or do you act like or call something else your Lord today?

Much of the world today has no use for Jesus. He is not the Lord to those who do not know Him. In fact, many spend time attacking Christ.

These protesters are specks of dust to God compared to the universe and its glory, but the day is coming when the attitudes and actions of skeptics and unbelievers will drastically change.

Paul said in Philippians 2:9-11, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Yes, Jesus is Lord and He is magnificent! His position as Lord is timeless. As the sands of the hourglass continue to flow through the ages, His lordship will not weaken, warp, wain, wiggle or wobble. It will not crack, crumble, be crushed or conquered. He is Lord!

The Lord Jesus Christ is NOT ...

Jesus defied the 1st Law of Thermodynamics that says that energy cannot be created. He created worlds out of nothing by the authority of His voice and power and set into motion the movement and orbits of the heavens because He is Lord (Ephesians 3:9).

Colossians 1:16-17 — 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: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Jesus is Lord and He is Magnificent.

Matthew 9:4 — And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

Psalm 139:2 — Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

Jeremiah 17:10a — I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins...

Our Lord will not be silenced, squelched, squished, squeezed, or squandered out of existence no matter what men may try to do to His reputation or name. He is Lord and He is magnificent.

II. He Is Jesus

Jesus means “Jehovah is salvation.” He is the Savior of mankind. Those who put their faith and trust in Him for salvation are given the gift of eternal life. It is His desire that all be saved.

2 Peter 3:9 — The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

John 3:36 — He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Because He is the Savior, He is the focal point of Scripture. He is constantly found in the middle, in the central position just like a bull's eye on an archery target. He is to be at the center of our lives.

A. He is the Mediator Between God the Father and Mankind

1 Timothy 2:5 — For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Jesus is in the middle between the God the Father and men, for Jesus is the God-man. On this earth He was God, robed in humanity in order to walk among us.

Jesus was the God-man, the magnificent Savior of the world who hung between two thieves on the cross of Calvary that we might have eternal life.

B. Christ is Seen in the Candlestick or Menorah of the Temple

The center shaft of the Jewish menorah was used to light the other six branch candles of the menorah in the Temple. The other lights were to be lit only by this central light. The Jews had a special name for this middle light. It was the Shamash or the Servant Candle that serviced the other candles. They also had another name for it. They called it the Light of the world.

What a picture of our Lord who was the suffering servant who gives light to those who put their faith in Him. Jesus Himself said that He was the Light of the world (John 8:12). Those who put faith in Him become lights in the world (Matthew 5:14).

C. Christ is in the Middle of the Seven Candlesticks in Heaven.

Revelation 1:12-13 — And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

These candlesticks are a picture of the church. Jesus walked in the midst of them. He is to be at the center of our churches and our lives, too. Is He at the center of your life? Is He the target of your life? Is your focus upon Him?

Beloved, Jesus is the Savior of mankind. That message was proclaimed from the time of His birth.

Luke 2:11 — For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Titus 2:13 — Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Jesus made it clear that salvation is found in Him alone.

John 14:6 — Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

When we can't find our way in the jungles of life, He lights a path for us to follow like the light of a full moon at midnight.

When we are bruised, beaten, broken, burdened, and gasping for air like a boxer who has gotten the wind knocked out of him, Jesus' hand reaches out to lift us up and hold us in His arms.

I never cease to be amazed at the patience of Jesus. He puts up with our fickleness, filth, flops, failures, foolishness, and flimsy excuses, loving us with a fierce fervency. He is magnificent.

III. He Is Christ

The word Christ means “Messiah.” He is the King of all kings. The Apostle John gave us a glimpse of Him in the book of Revelation. He described Him in chapter one.

The spectacular roar of the sea of the redeemed who worship Christ will be like deafening, roaring thunder throughout the realm of Heaven as we cry out, “Hallelujah, for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth” (Revelation 19:6).

Yes beloved, Jesus is magnificent.

When Christ returns, His magnificence, power, and authority will be laid open like a napkin on a lap, for all to clearly see. There will be no doubt about who is in charge of this world.

He is the Lord Jesus Christ. Have you bowed to Him already? Is He your Savior? If so, are you living for Him? If not, then turn to Him today because HE truly is magnificent!