Easter Sunday Message: Glory to Glory
Speaker: Rev. Shine Thomas
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
Who is this Jesus?
We know him as the son of a carpenter.
When did Jesus get his glory?
Many teach about Jesusí glory differently. Let us see what the Bible says about Jesus.
For this we will have to go to the gospel of John chapter 1. John gives us a clear description of Jesus Christ. Johnís gospel soars much higher than the other gospels and gives a clear picture of who Jesus really is.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
When other Gospels are starting with the birth and baptism of Jesus John goes to the very beginning of time and says Jesus is there from the very beginning.
In the beginning was the Word.
What is this Word John is speaking about?
In Greek it is given as in the beginning was the Logos. Now Logos according to the Greek philosophers is a bridge between the transcendent God and the material universe. Logos is the bridge between the Supreme, preeminent God or God the Father and this material world. Who is that bridge? What is it that connects between God and us? Jesus Christ, the Word or the Logos.
In Revelation 19:13 John is seeing Jesus returning as the Messiah king and look at the title by which he is called.
Revelation 19:13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.
The Word in John 1:1 is Jesus himself. Therefore John 1:1 in simple words should read:
John 1:1 In the beginning was Jesus, and the Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God.
The Amplified Bible says it directly that Jesus is the Word.
(Amplified) John 1:1 IN THE beginning
This Jesus Christ whom we worship did not become God at his birth.
John 8:58 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
The life of Jesus did not start when he was born.
John 1:1-2 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.
1. Jesus Christ is the Eternal God & the Preexistent God.
2. Jesus is Divine.
Born to a virgin does not mean that Jesus lost his divinity.
John 1:2 2He was with God in the beginning.
Jesus Christ is Divine. Jesus Christ is God.
3. Jesus Christ is the Creator God.
John 1:3 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
All things on heaven and on earth were made through Jesus.
Jesus Christ being the creator God did not need a seed to be born. We try to understand Jesusí earthly birth through human understanding (father & mother terms). Jesus never had an earthly father. Jesus never needed an ovum in Mary to be born because He himself is the creator God.
Job 33:4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
It is through him all things are born. You and I are born through Jesus. Mary was born through God. Jesus just took the womb of Mary to be born into this world as flesh.
This same creator God can create new opportunities in your life. He can give your body a new life and heal your body. He has the power of creation. Jesus can resurrect to life whatever is dead in your life because he has the creation power.
4. Jesus Christ is the Saviour and Redeemer.
John 1:12-13 12 To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of Godó 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. But when you and me believe in Jesus, Jesus has the power to give you a new life because He is our savior and redeemer.
5. Jesus Christ is the Revealer of God.
How Jesus Christ revealed God to mankind?
The Word became flesh. Jesus came in the form of flesh to identify with you and me and made his dwelling among you and me.
But how was Jesus before he came from heaven? We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Jesus in heaven was full of Glory.
Jesus in absolute glory came down from heaven full of glory, lived and ascended to heaven full of glory. The story of Jesus is from Glory to Glory.
Jesus came in human form to reveal God to you and me.
Colossians 2:9 9For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.
The Christ that we serve is the only God. Today being the resurrection Sunday let us understand that Jesus was not only glorified in his resurrection but Jesus is in fact from Glory to Glory. Jesus was in heaven full of glory, came to earth full of glory, died full of Glory, and rose again full of Glory. Jesus is from Glory to Glory.
This sermon belongs to the series Passion Week. Other sermons in this series: