Jesus Is the Greatest!
"And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God.' "
-Revelation 3:14, emphasis added
Laodicea was the foolish church. They needed nothing, not even God. Therefore, Christ said to them, "Find what you need in Me!" As we look at what we find in Christ, we will see that He reveals himself in three ways. As you study them with me, I hope that you will conclude, as I have, that Jesus is the greatest! Now discover what we can learn about Christ in Revelation 3:14.
Jesus is the Amen. "Amen" is a word put at the end of a solemn statement affirming its truth. Jesus himself is Truth; thus, He is God's last word to man. Therefore, we ought to listen to Him. This is what the writer of Hebrews says so beautifully: who being in the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:3, emphasis added).
In the tabernacle and the temple there were no chairs or benches. The priests were constantly on the move making sacrifices, lighting and maintaining lamps, and shuffling the showbread. They were never done, and could never sit down. But Jesus, our High Priest, offered himself only once, and then sat down. He is "the Amen"-God's last word!
Jesus is the Faithful and True Witness. Only Jesus explains God, for no one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him (John 1:18). Because only Jesus explains God, we must believe in Him. Many of today's preachers and theologians no longer believe that Jesus is the only way to God. We should not be alarmed, though. The apostle Paul warned his apprentice in the faith, young Timothy the pastor, about this danger: Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1). We must not leave the Word of God for the sake of compromise and peace: Jesus is the only way to God.
Jesus is the "Beginning of the creation of God. "This does not mean that Jesus was God's first creation. Rather, it means that He is the Creator, the origin, the source. He is the Creator God who began all other creations: All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made (John 1:3). Now look at this wonderful description of Christ, which I dearly love: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:15-16).
When the ancients used to do mathematics, they did it opposite of us. We write down numbers in a column, and put the answer at the bottom. The ancients put the answer at the top because it was thought to be better than all the combined elements. They called this the prototokos--"the thing above all the rest." That is the name Jesus was given: Creator, God the Son. I hope you agree with me that Jesus is the greatest!
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