Jesus: A Perfect Hero
August 2, 2015 Speaker: Series: Heroes
Topic: General Verse: Colossians 1:15–1:22
“Jesus: A Perfect Hero”
Pastor Duane Cross | 08.02.15
“Jesus always used stories and illustrations like these when speaking to the crowds. In fact, he never spoke to them without using such parables.” - Matthew 13:34 (NLT)
“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.” - Colossians 1:15-22 (NLT)
1) JESUS, THE PERFECT HERO, IS DIVINE.
“Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you?” - John 14:9 (NLT)
2) JESUS, THE PERFECT HERO, IS THE CREATOR AND SUSTAINER.
3) JESUS, THE PERFECT HERO, IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH.
4) JESUS, THE PERFECT HERO, IS THE VICTOR OVER DEATH.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.” - Revelation 1:17-18 (NLT)
5) JESUS, THE PERFECT HERO, CAME TO SAVE YOU!
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”- John 15:13 (NLT)