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Monday, June 13, 2011

Jesus is Greater Than All

By Paul L. McElroy

Jesus is greater than all. We know the exception to this is God, the Father. The Bible teaches that they are both equally divine. However, the Father is the head of the Son. (1 Cor. 11:3; 15:27-28). "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1;1, John 1:14). But, other than God, the Father, Jesus is greater than all, and He is our example.

Jesus is greater than Jonah.– Jesus told the Jews ". . .one greater than Jonah is here." (Matt. 12:41). Jonah was a sign to the people and had a great effect through his preaching to the Gentile city of Nineveh. Jesus would be a sign and His preaching was powerful. Yet, the Jews in general rejected One who spent three days and nights in the heart of the earth. The sign of Christ far exceeds the sign of Jonah.

Jesus is greater than Solomon.– Jesus rebuked the Jews for not recognizing Him and said "the Queen of the South" would condemn their generation because "She came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold a greater than Solomon is here." (Matt. 12:42). The wisdom of the Lord far exceeds Solomon’s wisdom.

Jesus is greater than Abraham– Beyond dispute, Abraham was a great man. He was called "the friend of God". (2 Chron. 20:7). His faith is put before us as an example. (Heb. 11:8-19). Abraham, though, was a man; Jesus is the I AM. (John 8:48-59; Ex. 3:14). Abraham’s glory and notoriety stems from the Messiah, not the other way around. The faith of Jesus far exceeds the faith of Abraham.

Jesus is greater than His disciples.– Christians sometimes esteem themselves more highly than they should. Jesus, to teach a lesson on humility and servitude, washed the disciples feet. He said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him." (John 13:16). We need to have the proper estimation of ourselves, realizing that if the King Jesus can humble Himself to be a servant, so can we. The Savior is greater than His servants.

- Paul L. McElroy preaches for the Columbia Church of Christ in Columbia, MS. He may be contacted at cc0c@bellsouth.net

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