We’re talking about five reasons to have joy as a Christian, which is a message I preached recently. (You can listen to the full message at the end of this post.)
Last week we said the first reason for joy is that we are part of an unshakeable Kingdom.
So not only are we part of an unshakeable Kingdom, but reason #2: we have a supreme LORD.
Colossians 1:16-18 says,
[For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. (Colossians 1:16-18, NIV)]
Do you know what supreme means? Webster’s defines supreme as “highest in rank or authority.” There ain’t one higher than Jesus. For in Christ all things were created, things we see and things we don’t see.
In 2010, it was estimated that 1.7 million plants and animals have been classified by biologists. 1.7 million is a lot of known species. But scientists figure that is only 25% of the total species on earth. There may still be over five million undiscovered species. And that’s only on earth, what about on other planets or maybe in other universes?
And beyond that, what about the invisible – the spiritual realm? Christ is above the visible and the invisible. When Paul writes in Colossians about thrones and powers and rulers and authorities, he’s talking about spiritual forces. So yes, Jesus is above all earthly rulers, be them U.S. Presidents and prime ministers and world dictators and terrorist groups. But more than that, he’s above the realms we can’t see—the angelic realm and the demonic realm.
Christ is the highest in rank and authority. I don’t know if you’ve faced the forces of darkness. Satan’s kingdom may seem strong, and the spiritual warfare may seem heavy. But listen and listen well, Jesus already won the war, and let me tell you, it was an awkwardly uneven battle. It wasn’t even close. It’s not yin and yang, it’s not equal opposites.
The Bible says Jesus made a public spectacle of the enemy. Jesus obeyed perfectly, Jesus triumphed completely, Jesus reigns supremely.
And as the victor, Jesus is the head of the Church, head of everything we do as the Body of Christ. And beyond those who serve him, Jesus is the head of all those who have ever lived and have yet to live, this is to say, the LORD of all the living and the dead and the not-yet.
We serve the supreme LORD who doesn’t lord power over you, but rather took the form of a servant, lived a humble life, and died on the cross for your sins. But not only that, he rose from the grave and is now, this very moment, seated at the right hand of the Father. And because He is seated at the right hand of the Father, we are seated as well. That means we don’t have to strive for God’s pleasure, we already have it.
For this reason, there’s no need to fear your past or your future, no need to fear any man or demon, no need to become discouraged. For our supreme LORD Jesus has all things under his feet and he’s making a way for you. O people of God, praise the name of Jesus!
O People of God, we are part of an unshakeable Kingdom, and we serve the supreme LORD. If this doesn’t bring you joy, I don’t know what will.
But wait there’s more…
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