The Power of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:16-20)

Dr Daryl Miller, September 11, 2016
Part of the We Preach Jesus Christ series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

Title: The Power of Jesus Christ
Text: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.’?” (Matt. 28:18).
Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:16 - 20
Jesus Christ has the authority to command and expect others to submit to his commands. He has authority both in heaven and on earth by right of his incarnation, his matchless life, his vicarious and substitutionary death, his bodily resurrection, and his exaltation to the right hand of the Father. His power comes from his Father (John 17:2). Let us look at the various facts of his power.
I. The power of Jesus Christ is seen in his personality.
Jesus Christ is the greatest person in all the world. He has touched the world as no other person has. When Jesus Christ is preached as he is proclaimed in the Bible, the climate of thought and feeling change. Everywhere and in every land where the name of Jesus Christ has been proclaimed, ideals, individuals, and institutions have been transformed. Jesus Christ has literally turned the stream of history into new channels. In fact, history is His story.
The power of Jesus’ personality draws, elevates, lifts, and renews. No pulpit of life has drawing power except Christ be uplifted therein.
II. The power of Jesus Christ is seen in his sinless character.
Jesus Christ is the only person who has ever lived perfectly. Paul wrote, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor. 5:21). There is no character in history, no character in literature, no character in the annals of time like Jesus. The worst thing said about him was that he received sinners and ate with them. His enemies accused him of letting a sinful woman touch his garment and of doing good on the Sabbath. No one could really accuse Jesus of sin, for he was sinless.
III. The power of Jesus Christ is seen in his great love.
Jesus Christ came to this earth from heaven to reveal the love of God. In doing this he reveals the greatest thing about God (John 3:16; 15:13; 1 John 3:1). The love of Jesus Christ is personal (Gal. 2:20), powerful (Rom. 8:35?–?39), permanent (John 13:1), and a pattern of love (Eph. 5:2).
IV. The power of Jesus Christ is seen in his death on the cross, in his ability to save.
It is written of Jesus Christ at his birth: “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). Jesus Christ said of himself: “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32). Paul wrote to Timothy, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners: of whom I am chief” (1 Tim. 1:15).
Jesus Christ died a voluntary, violent, and vicarious death for sinners. By his death, he saves people from their sin. He changed rags into robes, screams into songs, hell into heaven. He saves from sin, from all sins.
V. The power of Jesus Christ is seen in his power to change lives, to lift up the fallen.
Jesus Christ cannot only save from sin, he can change lives. Jesus Christ changed Saul to Paul, a persecutor of Christians to a proclaimer of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ changed a woman at the well. He turned her from wickedness and worldliness to a witness and witnessing.
Jesus Christ has power over evil, over demons, over alcohol, over drugs, and over Satan worship. He can lift the most depraved from the depths of degradation to the heights of holiness. He can help all?—?drunkards, drug addicts, liars, thieves, adulterers, and murderers. And he can lift you up.
VI. The power of Jesus Christ is seen in his power to comfort broken hearts.
Some of the most beautiful words of comfort in all the Bible are those Jesus spoke to his disciples on the night before his death (John 14:1?–?6).
Jesus Christ heals broken hearts. He does it by the cross (2 Cor. 1:5).

VII. The power of Jesus Christ is seen in his coming again (Luke 21:27).
A. His coming will be personal (Acts 1:11).
B. His coming will be sudden (Matt. 24:29; 1 Thess. 5:3).
C. His coming will be triumphant (1 Thess. 4:14?–?17; 2 Thess. 1:5?–?10).
You can trust the powerful Jesus Christ. Yield to him by faith today!


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