JESUS’ HONOR

By Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer  jerry@schmoyer.net 

http://india.christiantrainingonline.org/

 

MAIN IDEA: Jesus is worthy and deserving of our honor

MAGIC:  SHAME TO HONOR magic

 

INTRODUCTION

 

I am greatly humbled by the honor shown me in India.

            You carry my bags

                        Give me the best seats

                        Feed me

                        Praise me

            (include antidotal recent example as story)

Yet I have done nothing to deserve such honor

            I am a Christian like you, seeking to love serve Jesus

 

TRANSITION

HE is the one who deserves all the honor

That’s why we worship and serve Him

His honor proven in 2 ways:

            -by others who give Him honor

            -by things He has done which are honorable

 

I. JESUS’ HONOR PROVEN

 

A. ASCRIBED

 

By OT quotesBorn in royal city of Bethlehem

Matt 2:3-6   When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:  6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'”   (Micah 5:2)

 

Heals and helps those who come to Him

Matt 8:16-17   When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:  “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.”   (Isa 53:4)

 

By God  at baptism, transformation

            Calls Him “My beloved Son  (Mt 3:17; 17:5)

 

By angels  in dreams to mary, Joseph, magi, etc

            JOSEPH = from Holy Spirit, ‘Jesus’ = ‘Son of God’

 

            MARY = Luke 1:30-33  Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

 

By Jesuswho applied OT prophecies to self  Mt 22:41-45;

 

By events at Jesus’ death

            Earthquake, veil torn, graves open, executioner

Matt 27:54   When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

 

TRANSITION

Honor is ascribed to Jesus

He also achieved honor by what He did

 

B. ACHIEVED

(tell some of these as stories to make more interesting, don’t just read off laundry list)

 

In life, as a Man

Keep Jewish traditions, fast, feasts, etc.

Self-control, no sin

Honored parents, others

Obedience to God’s will over own convenience

            Not turn stones into bread

Wisdom in decisions, dealing with people

Acts of mercy, justice and courage

            Forgave woman taken in adultery – not do it again!

            Compassion on hungry (fed them),

sick (healed them)

demonized (freed them)

Teachings about high virtues

 

In life, as God

Miracles,

Mark 6:2-3   When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.  “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles!

Healing cripples, lepers

feeding 3,000, 5,000,

deliverance of those demonized,

power over nature – stop storm on sea

death – back to life

            son of widow of Nain                                

            Jairus synagogue ruler daughter

 

In death

Shame before men  named, rejected, beat, criminal

Shame before God  guilty of sin, all sin, our sin on Him

Courageous, esp facing death, trials, etc

            In Gethsemane

            Shameful death but handled it with honor

Honor before men & God – from his death

            -it was voluntary

John 10:17-18  The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life — only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

            -it benefited others

            -if was a death fitting a victor, not a victim

            -honors awarded him by others after death

                        Earthquake, soldier, God – resurrection, us

 

TRANSITION

Jesus’ honor is proven

            -ascribed to Him by others

            -achieved by His actions

 

II. JESUS’ HONOR APPLIED

Jesus is worthy of all honor and glory

How do we show Him honor?

 

A. ACCEPT HIM – salvation

We show Him honor when we ACCEPT HIS FREE GIFT      PLAN OF SALVATION

          He took our shame on the cross

 – gives us His honor!!!

SHAME TO HONOR MAGIC TRICK 

            Done for us  

REJECTING IT brings dishonor

TRYING TO PAY HIM for it insults Him –can’t possibly pay a

            Me taught salvation by living good life – not so

ADDING TO IT is impossible,

like saying He didn’t do it good enough by Himself

            ME not think I deserve God’s love so try to be

    good so have Him love me more

            Nothing I do can ever make Him love me more!

            Nothing I do can ever make Him love me les!

B. TRUST HIM – discipleship

We show Him honor when we TRUST HIM & LIVE FOR HIM

            Shows we trust Him and His plan for us

                        Questioning, doubting, not trusting Him

= dishonoring, shameful

            Becoming like Him, following Him,

= shows we honor His greatness

            Thinking we know better  He isn’t right  = shame

            Being committed to Him as a disciple

= honor Him by wanting to be like Him

            Praying to Him for wisdom, guidance, direction

                        Learning to hear His voice, listen, trust

            Trusting Him when in pain, sorrow = honors Him

                        Others see and know He is worthy in your eyes

 

ME: TRUST Him to come to India – $, health, family at

     home, lonely, what to say

He is faithful each time – not easy but God with me

 

C. SERVE HIM – daily life

We show Him honor when we SERVE HIM EACH DAY

            Obeying and living for Him = honor

            Trying to get Him to do what we want, serve us

= dishonor, He is not our servant!

            Others see we honor Him by our lives

                        They bring honor in seeing our honor for Him

            Telling others about Him = honor to Him

 

D. WORSHIP HIM – daily life

We show Him honor when we WORSHIP AND PRAISE HIM

            Focus is on Him and His greatness

            Tell Him in prayer, song, etc., how we love Him

            Others see us worship and know He honorable

 

CONCLUSION

 

Do you believe Jesus is worthy of honor?

 

If so, do you show it?

Do you show it by having accepted His free gift of salvation?

Do you trust Him no matter what happens in your life?

Do you try to obey and serve Him in everything you do?

Do you worship and praise Him?

 

 

C t O Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org
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