A devotional by Gurgen Sahakyan, Staff Writer
“…the name which is above every name” – Philippians 2:9 (NASB)
The universe and all that is within, the heavens, the earth, and life are all the work of One’s hands, and He is greater than all, Jesus Christ our Lord. For by Him and for Him all things were created (Col. 1:16). “The heavens are telling of the glory of God” (Ps. 19:1). He is the eternal God of all, with no beginning and no end. There is none like Him, for there is no one with such power as Him.
As He came into the world to fulfill the Father’s plan of redemption, He revealed God to man in the fullest. “He is the image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15). He showed us His supremacy as truly man and truly God in His sinlessness, power over death, and His everlasting grace.
Where Adam fell to sin in the Garden of Eden while in perfect conditions, Jesus succeeded in the wilderness in the worst conditions. Being hungry for 40 days, with a weak body, He stood against the attacks of Satan, and remained sinless. For He knew that trusting in God and relying on His Word are far greater than Satan’s offers. He was tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15).
“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21
Therefore, since He was sinless, God deemed Him a worthy sacrifice for sins. As He was on the cross, He died bearing the full wrath of God, and was brought to the grave. However, while every man remains in the grave after death, Christ rose from the dead, and He still lives today (Acts 13:37). Jesus the Almighty displayed His triumph over death through His resurrection, He showcased that death and sin hold no power over the Son of God.
“For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace (John 1:16). His sinlessness and triumph over death has brought upon us everlasting grace. Though we were walking in darkness as children of Satan, Jesus rescued us from death and granted us eternal life. Where our sins increased, His saving grace abounded all the more (Romans 5:20). How wonderful is His mercy and grace, that it should pay for the sins of many. Salvation is a gift of God’s grace, through Christ alone.
This is eternal life, that we may know God, and Jesus Christ our Lord. Our supreme King, who is above all and worthy of all adoration. For in Him we have been granted everything in order to live godly lives. Christ is our all sufficient Lord, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3).
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” – Romans 11:33