Jesus is My Hero
7 Oct 2000, Pr Raymond Coombe
(Ray is Communication Director for the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church)
This sermon is based on Colossians 2
It's quite possible that after an event like the Olympic Games we all have our favorite heroes! What is it that makes a hero? Superior qualities and attributes that we admire. We identify with them. They represent the greatness that we would like to achieve.
Paul tells us in Colossians who our hero really is. The Colossians were interested in superior knowledge - the "Gnostic" heresy. But Paul introduces us to God's great "Mystery" - in Jesus Christ. (See 1:26,27; 2:2,3)
All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Him. Christ is the greatest!
How Do We Make Christ our Hero?
- Receive Him - verse 6. First important step, Receive Him as Christ, Jesus and Lord
- Walk in Him - maintain a living relationship
- Verse 7 - rooted and Built Up in Christ, growing stronger
Then Paul Gives a Warning - Verse 8. Beware that you are not taken captive by:
- Deceptive philosophies
- Human traditions
- Worldly principles
But Christ is Supreme because He is truly God - Verse 9,10. There is no greater or higher person. He is the complete, perfect Man, the fullness of divinity. We are complete in Him. "You have everything when you have Christ" (The Living Bible).
WHY? Paul gives 4 Reasons.
- v.11 - In Christ you were circumcised. Spiritual surgery, spiritual nature cut off
- v 12-13 - In Christ you were buried and Raised to life by Baptism. Now Alive!
- v 13-14 - In Christ you were forgiven all your sins.
"The handwriting that was against us" = the ceremonial laws (Eph 2:15) = the rules we have broken
Our debt of sin has been paid in full.
- v 15 - In Christ you triumphed over the powers of evil. Jesus exposed the enemy, and made a public spectacle of them. You are victorious in Him.
So Christ is SUPREME!
- v 16 - Don't let any one judge you
- v 18 - Don't let anyone disqualify you
- Chapter 3:1-4 - But LOOK to Jesus. "Let heaven fill your thoughts."
Then you will shine with your HERO.
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