Jesus is the full expression of the goodness, love, and glory of God. Jesus came because God loved the ungodly so much that He sent His Son (John 3:16). Our excellent God sent Jesus to be the Light who would lead us out of the darkness of evil (1 Peter 2:9, 10).

Jesus made it quite clear that he represented God. He could do nothing of himself; he could only do what he saw the Father doing (John 5:19). He could do nothing of his own initiative; he did not seek his own will, but the will of the one who sent him (John 5:30). He devoted himself to doing what the Father gave him to accomplish (John 5:36).

Jesus shows us the depth of God's love. Jesus being on earth documents the determination and persistence of God. All the failures from the flaws of the patriarchs to the colossal short comings of Old Testament Israel could not prevent God from fulfilling His intent and keeping His promises. Jesus' death shows us the depth of God's grace and mercy. Jesus' resurrection shows us God's power.

Jesus did not come to glorify himself. He came to bring glory to God (John 17:1). Do you wish to see God's goodness? Look at Jesus. Do you wish to see God's compassion? Look at Jesus. Do you wish to see God's concern for the individual? Look at Jesus. Do you wish to see the power of human repentance to move God? Look at Jesus. Do you wish to see God's untiring forgiveness? Look at Jesus.

It was God who used resurrection to make Jesus Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36). It was God who placed the resurrected Jesus on His right hand (Acts 7:56). It is God who gave Jesus all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). And it is to God that Jesus Christ shall willingly surrender all things that God gave him. In fact, at that moment, the Son will subject Himself to God that God may be the "all in all" (1 Corinthians 15:23-28).

May we commend the excellencies of our great God to the world. May our glorious Savior work through us to bring people to God.

David Chadwell

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Bulletin Article, 26 July 1998

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