Fill in the blank…
Tommy: “Betcha my dad is stronger than your dad!”
Billy: “No way! My dad can lift a motorbike!”
Tommy: “My dad can lift two motorbikes – one in each hand!”
Billy: “Oh yeah! Well my dad could do that with someone sitting on each bike!!”
Tommy: “My dad can do all that while riding on a third bike!!!”
Well, you get the idea. Every kid want to believe in the all-surpassing greatness of their father. I wonder from where they get that desire? Could it be from just a teeny bit of that image of God in us that whispers “You are an offspring of a Great One! You are a child of the Eternal and Almighty God of all creation.” Could it be?
Well, we are such creatures, though many of us are at present estranged from Him. Jesus came as God among us to teach us this very truth. To remind us of our rightful Father. To teach us to pray, “Our Father in Heaven…” (Matt. 6:9). “The Father Himself loves you…” (John 16:27) He said, and “…it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom” (Luke 12:32). He also said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).
Jesus is greater than all! In fact, this was the theme of Pastor Andrew’s message this recent Sunday. “Jesus is Greater Than ___________.” You may fill in the blank and whatever you write will be true! You don’t find many open ended statements like that! But it is true. Jesus is the Eternal expression of God, the “Word” made flesh awhile to communicate God to us (see John 1:1-14). Through Jesus the universe was made and by Him it is sustained (v.2,3). Paul wrote “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Col. 1:17).
Yes, Jesus is greater than all, yet pleased to dwell within any who turn from self and sin and make Him their Lord instead. Though He is infinitely greater than you He will not force Himself upon you. You alone hold that power to refuse or receive Him.
“He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:11-13).