In Part One of this post, we considered the question Jesus posited to His disciples disciples: “Who do YOU say that I am?”
In ruminating on this question, we pointed to, and quoted from, C. H. Spurgeon’s sermon, preached on January 7th, 1872, entitled “The Glorious Master and the Swooning Disciple.” In the earlier post we looked at what happens when we have a low opinion of our Lord and Savior. Now, we continue with the text of the sermon and consider the flip side of the question’s answer – if we have a high opinion of the Lord:
If our conceptions of the Lord Jesus are very enlarged, they will only be His due. We cannot exaggerate here. He deserves higher praise than we can ever render to Him. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high is He above our loftiest conceptions. Even when the angels strike their loudest notes, and chant His praises most exultingly on their highest festal days, the music falls far short of His excellence. He is higher than a seraph’s most soaring thought! Rise then, my brethren, as on eagle’s wings, and let your adoring souls magnify and extol the Lord your Savior.
So, what does Scripture say about Jesus Christ? How high is our Lord and Savior?
The Prophet Isaiah testified as follows:
“Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.'”
Isaiah 45:22-23 ESV
Paul, in the New Testament letter to the Philippians, elaborates on what Isaiah prophesied centuries before. Paul, speaking of Jesus Christ, said:
“Therefore God has highly exalted him [Jesus Christ] and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Philippians 2:9-11 ESV. See also Romans 14:11-12.
We may know this intellectually, but sometimes we fail to see Jesus in the proper light. We see him as the Babe on Christmas, or as a Hollywood actor who walks through crowds with slow and steady gait, dressed in the browns and grays. We see the poor itinerant teacher, without a place to lay His head.
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”
2 Corinthians 8:9 ESV
But do we recognize Him for Who He is? Do we think of Him as He really is?
“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 was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:1-4, 14 ESV
Did you comprehend that statement of John? The Word, Jesus Christ, was with God before the world was created and through Him were all things created. For the believer, we should do as Spurgeon urged: “let your adoring souls magnify and extol the Lord your Savior.”
A further description of the Word is found in Revelation as follows:
“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.”
Revelation 19:11-13 ESV
Who is Jesus Christ? John’s Revelation answers:
“And he said unto me, ‘It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.’”
Revelation 21:6 KJV. Remember Jesus’ statement to the Samaritan woman at the well?
“’I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.’”
Revelation 1:8 ESV. See also Revelation 22:13.
May we have a high opinion of our Lord and follow Spurgeon’s urging to let our adoring souls magnify and extol the Lord our Savior!
Father, I pray that these words would be edifying and encouraging to those who read them. I pray that You would use Your Word to strengthen those who are struggling today and I pray that You would send Your Spirit to convict us of our sin so that we may rejoice in the strength and majesty of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.