The Lamb’s Supremacy

The Lamb’s Supremacy

Jesus is the Light-bearing, the out-raying or radiance of God’s divine nature! As the author of Hebrews states,

Hebrews 1:1-3 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.”

According to Colossians 1:15-18, it is the Father’s desire to exalt and glorify his Son above all things,

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 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.” 

Jesus calls us in our personal discipleship, to follow him in all things and all ways, growing in daily cooperation with his perfect leadership.  The first commandment must take first place in our lives. Love for Jesus must be a supreme love, a love that trumps all other loves.  It means that I admire Jesus more than any other human.  It means I want his approval more than anyone else. 

It’s the Father’s dream to see all things summed up in His Son!  God’s preordained plan and purpose is that Christ would have full supremacy or preeminence in all things. Paul declares,

Ephesians 1:9-10 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth”.

As Augustine says,

“The one who has Christ has everything.  The one who has everything except for Christ really has nothing.  And the one who has Christ plus everything else does not have any more than the one who has Christ alone”[i] 

He is the All-Consuming One, the All-Sufficient One, the All-Satisfying One.  As David Bryant writes in his book Christ is All,

“He defies all human categories; there is no language that can adequately describe Him.  He is the incomparable One!  He remains in a class by himself…no duplicates, no clones.  His importance eclipses all others.  He outranks every other being in Heaven, earth, or hell.  He is the exalted One; for all eternity he holds the primary focus of our praises.  He holds a position of unrivaled distinction, prestige, and majesty. He will be the joy of all peoples, the desire of all nations.  He is the Victorious One.  None of his enemies will prevail, he will defeat all of his foes unconditionally-both human and demonic and will emerge forever unthreatened, unhindered, and victorious over all opposition, permanently and forever.  He is the Preeminent and Supreme One…in time and space and history he lays claim to the universe, it all belongs to Him.  He is the all sufficient One.  Nothing can exhaust his power or resources.  He will forever prove totally adequate for all of our longings, fears, needs or heart cries.  He is faithful and true!”[ii] 

As disciples of Jesus, we join with the chorus of heaven crying out night and day,

Revelation 5:12 “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessing!”

If Christ is the all-deserving One, then we must respond to His call, “Come Follow Me,” with our whole hearts! It’s God’s desire that our lives become increasingly Christ-dominated, Christ-saturated, and Christ-exalting to the Glory of God the Father! As Spurgeon writes,

“He is the sun of our day, He is the star of our night; he is our life, he is our life’s life, he is our heaven on earth, and he shall be our heaven in heaven!”[iii]

It should be the longing of our hearts to see a Christ-awakening erupt in our lives, our homes, and churches.  We want to see God’s Spirit using God’s Word to re-introduce God’s people back to God’s Son for all that He is!  Our prayer each day should be, “Conquer me Lord Jesus!”  As Evan Roberts, the great revivalist of Wales in 1904 cried out, “Bend me O God, and save a nation!” 

When Jesus becomes our All, then we can walk as Leonard Ravenhill exhorted us,

“The Christian who knows he is crucified with Christ, has no ambition and so has nothing to be jealous about; has no reputation and so has nothing to fight about; has no possessions and so has nothing to worry about, has no rights and therefore cannot suffer wrong.  He is already dead.”[iv] 

[i] David Bryant, Christ is All(New Providence: New Providence Publishers, 2005), pg 45 

[ii] Ibid, pg 41-42

[iii] Charles Spurgeon, “2200 Quotations from the Writings of Charles Spurgeon” pg 111

[iv] Charles Spurgeon, “Mourning at the Sight of the Crucified.” Pg. 190

 

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