Worthy – To Be Bowed To and Acknowleged

Philippians 2:9-11

9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Revelation 19:16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

One day Heaven, there will be a coronation ceremony.  The Lamb of God, will become the King.  He will be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He will return to earth and subdue His enemies.  They will try to fight against Him, but it will not be much of a fight.  Satan will be locked up for a thousand years and Jesus will reign.  At the end of the thousand years, he will be released and try to fight the King again, only to be defeated and thrown in the Lake of Fire.  At that time, judgment will come on those who rejected the King. During this time, all will bow their knee to Him and confess that Jesus alone is Lord and King.  For He alone is worthy!

What hope it can give those of us who have accepted Jesus, when we are down, to think through the end times.  That person who is tormenting you, He will bow down and confess Jesus.  That evil dictator, who is destroying innocent lives, will bow down and confess Jesus.  Every single person, will to Jesus, because Jesus alone is worthy of it.

We all have a choice to make.  Do we willingly bow and confess Jesus now or wait to the end.  Those who wait, will not like where they go.  I believe if we willingly do it now, we are saved.  We are acknowledging who Jesus is.  He is the Son of God, who died for my sins and one day will be crowned the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  We are confessing Him as Lord, as the master of our lives.  We are giving Him control of what we do, say, and think.  That is not to say, we will not sin at all.  We will.  But is saying He has the right to work in those areas and use them for His glory.  To confess means to acknowledge our need of Him.  We cannot do this life, nor the life to come without Him.  We need His sacrifice.  We need His forgiveness.  We need His cleansing.  We need His righteousness.  We need Him.  I need Him.  No one else can meet these needs.  No one can forgive me of all of my sins and make me righteous.  No one else can save me from Hell, but Jesus alone.  For He alone is worthy!

If you have not done so already, choose this day to bow to Him and confess Him as Lord.  Ask Him to save you.  Ask Him to forgive you and cleanse you.  Trust in Him to be Lord of your life and accept His rule.  For He alone is worthy!

Oh great and awesome Lord, You alone are worthy.  I willingly bow my knee to You.  I willingly confess You as Lord.  No one else is like You.  No one else can save me, but You alone.  Thank you for all that You have done for me.  You are so amazing!  Amen.

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Worthy – To Judge

Revelation 20:11-14

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.

Jesus lived a perfect life, one without committing a single sin.  He died a sacrificial death, so that we might be spared from what we deserve.  His offer of salvation is good, for anyone who believes.  All of these things, plus many more, are reasons why He is worthy to judge.

One day, every single person will stand before Him and be judged.  The non-believer will be judged to an eternity in Hell.  The believer will be judged for rewards in Heaven.  Our lives are an open book laid out before Him.  We have no secret evidence to defend ourselves.  In fact we have no defense, for we are all guilty before the Holy throne of God.  The judge is our only hope.  He provided a way for us to avoid being condemned.  He took our place on the cross and it is up to us to accept His free gift.  Those who stand before Him and are condemned, truly deserve it.  For they have rejected, the holy Son of God.

Most judges, if not all, these days have their judgements questions.  People question the legitimacy of their judgments.  They question the wisdom.  They wonder about any partiality in it.  Human judges are flawed and have biases.  The worthy Lamb of God, will not have these issues.  His judgement will be true and noble.  He will not be a judge filled with biases, instead He is holy.  His judgments are pure and wise.  Nobody will question whether He is just or not.  No one else is worthy to do this job.  He alone is, for He alone is worthy!

Oh Jesus, You and You alone are worthy.  Your judgements will be pure and just.  You know all about us and the amazing fact is that You love us no matter what.  I deserve condemnation, but because what You did on the cross, I will not be condemned.  Thank you for taking my place.  Amen.

 

Worthy – Of Praise

Psalm 18:3 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.

Exodus 34:14 for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God

Not only is God worthy of our obedience, He is worthy of our praise.  To praise means to glorify someone or speak favorably of them.  God is worthy of it.  He is perfect in all of His ways.  His ways are good and pure.  They are full of love for us.  God has done so much for us, the least we can do is to praise for it.

Our praise and worship is important to God.  He desires it all for Himself.  We are told in the Exodus verse, that we are not to worship another God, for He is a jealous God.  This does not mean that if we fail to praise and instead praise another, that His greatness will be diminished.  For God would be just as great and worthy, if He was the only being that existed.  Instead, His jealousy is for our good.  He knows that if we praise other god’s and not Him, we will suffer and not Him.  We will walk down wrong paths and face the consequences from it.  His desire for our praise is for what is best for us.  For when we are praising God, we are focusing on Him and not sinful things.  We walk down the right path and our lives are more enjoyable (enjoyable meaning we are full of joy, peace, and contentment, not that we will not face hard times, because we will).

Praising God will keep us humble, because we realize His greatness and our inadequacies.  When we praise Him, we see us next to Him and we find ourselves lacking.  When we see our lacking and realize how much He has done for us and how great He is, we realize we need to praise Him more.  It is a positive circle.  Praising God, leads to more praising of God.  For He alone is worthy!

Oh Lord, You alone are worthy!  You deserve my praise and worship.  You are so great and I am such a sinner.  There is no one like You.  Help me to be in ceaseless praise of You.  Amen.

Worthy – Of Our Obedience

Philippians 1:27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

The past two days we have talked about how Jesus and God are alone worthy.  So the question arises what is our response to Him being worthy?  One of the ways we respond is with our obedience to Him.  We do not obey Him to earn our place into Heaven.  For we can never work enough to get into Heaven.  The Bible says that our good deeds are like a filthy garment (Isaiah 64:6).  These filthy garments mentioned could be translated as menstrual rags.  No matter how hard we scrub them, they will never be white again.  The only way for them to be cleansed is by the grace of God, when we are saved by faith.  It is something He does and not something we can do for ourselves.

So why should we choose to obey Him?  This definition of obedience came to me as  I was thinking about this.  Obedience is our grateful response to God’s amazing love and grace.  We obey Him, because we are grateful for all that God has done for us.  It is not to earn His favor, it is to thank Him for His favor.  The Andy Griffith show had an episode where Andy saves Gomer’s life.  Gomer is grateful that he drives Andy crazy trying to repay him for it by doing chores and helping Andy out.  This was in response to Andy’s good deed, not so that Andy might save His life.  We obey Christ, because of what He has done for us.

He alone is worthy and because of this, we should obey Him in response to what He has done for us!

Oh Lord, You alone are worthy.  You have saved me and cleansed me.  You are worthy of my obedience.  Help me to obey You and follow You.  Thank you for Your goodness.  Amen.

Worthy – To Die

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;

Imagine a search is made, through all of human history, for one person.  A person who is worthy enough to die, as a sacrifice in place of everyone else.  As the search progresses, nobody is found and person after person is found unworthy.  Will all humanity perish or one person ever be found?  Finally, one man is found.  He is flawless, having never sinned.  Not only that, but is He willing to lay down His life, so that the rest might live.  This one man’s name is Jesus and He alone is worthy.

As the people of Israel, planned their first Passover, they searched for a spotless lamb, without defect.  The lamb would die and its blood would be shed and painted onto the door in order to save the people in the house.  But not any lamb would do.  It needed to a spotless lamb.  The same is true for us, we need a spotless lamb without defect to die for us.  The Lamb’s name is Jesus and He alone is worthy.

We have no hope but Jesus.  The Bible says we have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.  We do not meet His Holy standards, in fact we all fall well short.  God only allows flawless, worthy people into Heaven.  Our sin has earned us death, but God loved us way too much to let us die.  He sent His Son, as a free gift.  Jesus came and took our punishment and died in our place.  Now God is offering us a free gift, because His worthy Son earned it.  Getting to Heaven is not something we earn, it is a free gift, which must accept.  When we accept Jesus, His righteousness is applied to our lives.  We are made worthy, because He died for us.  We are saved from the wrath of God, all because of Him.  Sadly, most people will never accept this gift and they will never be worthy enough for Heaven, instead they will go to the place they have earned, Hell.  Do not go to where you have earned, accept God’s free gift to Heaven today!

Only Jesus was worthy to die in our place!

Oh Jesus, You alone are worthy.  My sins cause me to fall well short of You.  Forgive me for my sins.  Thank you for giving me Your righteousness and making me worthy to go to Heaven.  Amen.

Worthy

Revelation 4:11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

God alone is worthy.  To be worthy means to have honor or value.  No other person or creature is as worthy as God.  He stands alone in His worthiness.  God is worthy of our worship.  The first part of the word worship is worth.  It is ascribing worth to the being you are worshiping.

Why is God worthy?  He created all things and sustains all things.  If God were to take a day off, we would be in deep, deep trouble.  He literally holds all of the world in His hands.  He keeps it spinning and holds it all together.  The universe would fall apart without Him.  That is only one of the many reasons He is worthy and deserves our worship.

Oh God, You alone are worthy.  You alone great and mighty.  Nobody is like You.  You have done and are doing so many marvelous things.  Holy, Holy, Holy!  Amen.

Uncomprehensible -God’s Love for Mankind

Psalm 144:3-4

3 O LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You think of him? 4 Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.

Not that I am not thankful for it, but why does a holy and perfect God, love rebellious sinners?  Why does God pursue an individual, personal love relationship with each person that lives, knowing we will fail and rebel against Him?  Our lives a mere breath in light of all of eternity.  Born one minute, gone the next.  Yet, God knows every single detail, about every single person who has ever lived.

God does not play favorites.  He knows the same about the rich as He does the poor.  He knows what is in the heart of world leaders and of the orphans dying of starvation.  He loves pastors and people who totally reject Him the same.  His love for each is the same.  He gives His love freely, it is not earned.  We do not have to please Him to get it.  The extent of His love was shown on the cross.  It is as wide as Jesus’ arms were spread, as He was dying in our place.  His blood was shed, so ours did not have to be.

God has a plan for each us.  A plan to use us for His Kingdom.  If we are still living our short lives, God is calling us to Him.  No matter where you find yourself, God is calling you and loving you.  He desires the worst of the sinners, as much as the most religious person.  The man who wrote most of the New Testament, was a murder.  He went around arresting and killing those who followed Jesus.  He wanted to erase the name of Jesus out of the history books.  He was definitely not a friend of the church.  Yet, Jesus personally called Saul to Himself, as Saul was on his way to do more harm.  Saul became Paul and stopped cursing Jesus and started blessing Him.  He started building local churches, instead of tearing them down.  God would use him in mighty ways.

Thanks be to God, Paul by far is not the only person who was transformed by Him.  Everyone of us who are saved are transformed by Him.  So when you see “that” person, the person who looks like God could never use them, remember Paul.  Take time to show God’s love for them and share the Gospel with them.  You never know what God has planned for that person.  CS Lewis was an atheist, who would go on to be a great intellectual apologist for God.  John Newton was a slave ship captain, who world become a minister and wrote Amazing Grace.  One kid, William Wilberforce, in his church would grow up to dedicate his whole life to ending the slave trade in England.  There are so many other examples as well.

So, why does God loves us personally and take thought of us?  I cannot tell you exactly why, but I am glad and thankful that He does.  His great love for us, a lot of the time is just uncomprehensible!

Oh God, You love me and know me, in spite of my sins.  Forgive me for the times I fail and I thank you that Your love never fails, nor gives up.  You love us, even when we do not love You back.  You have plans to use us, even when we do not know You.  You are so amazing and so wonderful.  Your ways are greater than us!  Thank you Lord.  Amen.

 

Uncomprehensible – God Became a Man

Philippians 2:6-7

6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

Jesus is fully God.  He has always been fully God.  As God, He has existed at all times.  Jesus did not come into existence at His birth, instead He was always been alive.  What we celebrate at Christmas, is His coming as a God-Man.  He is both fully God and fully man.  That is the truly amazing thing, the creator of all became a part of His creation.  God become a man, in order that He might save all men.

How does a great big God, fit inside a womb of a teenager?  How did He shrink Himself, to grow in there.  Why would leave the greatness of Heaven, to be born in a barn and laid in an animal trough.  Here is the long-awaited birth of the Messiah, He who is the King of Kings, born among stinky animals.  The whole concept really is out there, when you stop to think about it.

What a great love God has for us, if He would become one of us, to save us.  Paul Harvey told a story about a man who stays home on the farm at Christmas.  The rest of family went to church, he did not go because he did not believe.  While he was waiting for them, it began to snow.  He looked outside and saw some birds, freezing in the rain.  He tried everything he could think of, to get them into his barn, where they would be safe.  The birds would not go and acted afraid of the man.  He thought to himself, if only I could become like one of them, to show them what to do.  Then at once it dawned on him.  That is what Jesus did.  He became one of us, to lead us to safety.  How truly amazing!

Oh Jesus, thank you for becoming a man and coming to earth.  Thank for dying for me and saving me.  I do not fully understand how you became a man, but I am thankful for it.  Amen.

Uncomprehensible – Redemption

John 1:1-3

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

2 Corinthians 8:9 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 through His poverty might become rich.

In the beginning, the Godhead existed.  Forever  and ever, it has always been the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  The three, all worked together during creation.  Jesus has always existed.  We were created for His pleasure, not for His need.  God does not need anything, including us humans.  He wants us and loves us, but He has no need of us.  That is something we do not hear a lot, but it needs to be heard.  God chooses to love us.  He does not need to.  We have a need to love others and be loved by them.  God does not have that need.  He is totally complete.  Yet He desires a relationship with us, who are vile sinners.

When Adam and Eve ate the fruit, He could have destroyed everything and started over.  He would have been just to do so.  Instead, He initiated a plan.  A plan that called for Him to be born of a woman, being both fully God and fully man.  Next it called Him to a live a perfect life, something we cannot do.  Then the unimaginable would happen, God would die for mankind.  He would lay down His life, His Holy and perfect life, out of His love for you and me, so that we might be saved from the ultimate consequences of our sin.  Wow!  He did not have to do that, but instead He chose to.

Why though?  Why would God go to such lengths, to offer us redemption?  It is not because we deserve it.  We deserve destruction and banishment.  That is what we are “good enough” for.  Why does God offer fallen humanity another chance, but not fallen angels?  Do you realize what gift salvation really is?  God did not have to offer it.  He could have made it a really tough thing to earn.  Instead, He offers it freely to those who put their faith in Jesus.  He paid the price, we pay nothing!  Wow!  And still He does not zap people who openly reject His gift.  It is a good thing He is God and I am not.

I cannot fully explain why He did it and why He does it freely.  I guess my best answer is because He loves us.  His ways are uncomprehensible to us.  We do not understand, nor can we possibly understand it.  His ways are much than ours.  Maybe in Heaven we will finally be able to fully comprehend Him and understand Him.  But as for now, we must choose to accept His gift and trust Him that He knows what is best for us.  And praise for what He has done and choose to do for us.

Oh God, the whole idea that You choose to love me, a dirty sinner, is amazing.  I do not deserve Your love.  I do not deserve Your redemption, but I gladly accept it.  Your ways are higher than my ways.  They are greater and wonderful!  You are so awesome and worthy of my praise.  Amen.

Uncomprehensible – Time

John 1:1-2

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.

2 Peter 3:8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.

Have you thought about eternity?  How there is no end there.  Our minds tend to struggle with that.  We, especially we Americans, like things to have conclusions.  We tend not to like things that go on and on and do not end.  One day, everyone will step in eternity, which will never end.  Those judged to Hell, will face eternal punishment and torment.  Those saved by God’s grace and the blood of the Lamb, will enjoy eternal perfection in Heaven.  Neither will have an end.  It will just go on and on forever.  Try thinking about that and you will realize how uncomprehensible it really is.

We, as humans, are constrained by time.  Each of us has a limited amount of years to live.  Some people live long lives, others shorts ones.  Those who love long lives, still are relatively short compared to history.  God, however, is not constrained by time.  He has always existed and will always exist.  He live in our past, present, and future all at the same time.  The end time events have already happened in God’s world.  He is not bound by time, like we are.

When we are born God is there, while simultaneously being at death.  He is at our beginning and at our end, all at the same time.  When we go through the storms of life, He is there with us and He is also there waiting for us at the end.  He is not constrained by time.  Casting Crowns has a great song, Already There, which talks about this.

From where I’m standing
Lord it’s so hard for me to see
Where this is going
And where You’re leading me
I wish I knew how
All my fears and all my questions
Are gonna play out
In a world I can’t control
Oh, oh
When I’m lost in the mystery
To You my future is a memory
Cause You’re already there
You’re already there
Standing at the end of my life
Waiting on the other side
And You’re already there
You’re already there
Oh, oh, oh, oh
From where You’re standing
Lord, You see a grand design
That You imagined
When You breathed me into life
And all the chaos
Comes together in Your hands
Like a masterpiece
Of Your picture perfect plan
When I’m lost in the mystery
To You my future is a memory
Cause You’re already there
You’re already there
Standing at the end of my life
Waiting on the other side
And You’re already there
You’re already there
One day I’ll stand before You
And look back on the life I’ve lived
I can’t wait to enjoy the view
And see how all the pieces fit [x2]
One day I’ll stand before You
And look back on the life I’ve lived
Cause You’re already there
You’re already there
When I’m lost in the mystery
To You my future is a memory
Cause You’re already there
You’re already there
Standing at the end of my life
Waiting on the other side
And You’re already there
You’re already there
You are already there

My men’s group just finished talking about the Anti-Christ, found in Daniel 7.  The main focus of the study was not this person, but God who has already won.  We have no need to fear anything that is to come, if we are in Christ.  Jesus has already won.  There is no doubt about it.  In God’s World, victory over Satan, has already happened.  So live in victory, not in fear.  God’s defeat of Satan is assured, because He is already there and He has already defeated him.  We have no need to fear, him who Jesus has beaten.  God is already there and He has been there all of the time.

I know some of this might seem hard to believe, but that is why it is uncomprehensible.  It is far greater than our minds can comprehend.  We can either choose to believe or not, but however we decide does not change the fact that it is true.  Our God is greater than time itself!

Oh Lord, Your ways are uncomprehensible!  They are greater than our minds can even imagine.  I believe You are not constrained by time, for You are greater than time.  Help me to live my life in victory.  Your victory is assured.  How wonderful!  Amen.