The real Jesus and how He conquered
To ask the question, “Who is Jesus and what has He done?” might evoke an answer such as, “Jesus is Lord and He saved us from our sins”. But what do these things really mean? When asked by Jesus, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16). To this response, Jesus said, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 16:17). Jesus later spoke of the great achievement that He would make and how his Father would respond, in the following words: “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.” (John 10:17). It is not that the Father did not love His Son before His Son laid down His life, but the Father loves Him even more, on account of this great achievement. The result was that the Father has “highly exalted Him” (Phil. 2:9) – so Jesus is indeed Lord. We’ll elaborate a little more on the great achievement of Christ and His present position.
Everyone likes to identify with winners. So it’s easy to identify with Christ when we are told that Jesus is Lord. But have we stopped and thought of the real conquering achievement of Christ? Apart from the fact that He is the Son of God and before He came to earth He had, “by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they”, the angels, (Heb. 1:4), have we thought of the main reason why He is now exalted in heaven? Let’s hear the inhabitants of heaven speak.
John was weeping when he saw that no man “in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth” was worthy to take a book and open it from the hand of “him that sat on the throne” (Rev. 5:1-4). But then, John was told: “Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book” (Rev. 5:5). When John looked, this conquering “Lion” was really “a Lamb as it had been slain” (Rev. 5:6). The Lamb came to “him that sat on the throne” and took the book. Immediately, the inhabitants of heaven burst out in rejoicing, saying:
“9Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” – (Rev. 5:9-13).
The conquering Lion had prevailed and was therefore, worthy. But what was the great achievement that qualified Him? The answer was that He died – He yielded His life to the powers of earth and the powers of darkness, allowing himself to be killed, when He could have delivered himself (Matt. 26:53). By doing so, He provided the one irrefutable argument that discredits Satan’s rule on this earth, since there was absolutely no justifiable reason for Him to have been killed. It all happened under Satan’s watch, as the “god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4). Satan must answer to God the Father, who “sits on the throne” as the Creator and King of the universe.
Remember, when “the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” (Job 1:6, 7). In the wilderness of temptation also, Satan took Jesus up into an exceeding high mountain and “sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” – (Matt. 4:8, 9).
By Jesus allowing himself to be killed by Satan and his evil host, Satan has been discredited. Hence, in the judgement, the dominion over this earth will be taken away from Satan (Dan. 7:26). Christ appears before the Father – the “Ancient of Days” and, as the Son of Man, Christ receives the kingdom or entitlement to rule on this earth (Dan. 7:13, 14). Satan had usurped the authority that God originally gave to Adam but Christ came as the second Adam, the new head of the human race, to claim back the dominion and be our King (Heb. 2:6-9). So, we will be kings and priests, and Jesus will be our King – King of kings and Lord of lords, subject to His Father (1 Cor. 15:24-28).
In conclusion, let us know the real Jesus and how He conquered. He came from heaven where He was the Son of the Sovereign God and King of the universe. He came to earth as a human being, where He conquered through a life of humility and ultimate death as a Lamb to the slaughter. He was raised from the dead by His Father (Gal. 1:1) and has now been “highly exalted” at the right hand of His Father where He intercedes for us. He will soon be given the kingdoms of this world and He will be our King. We will live with God and Christ forever, in the newly restored earth, after we are changed from mortal to immortality and would have spent a thousand years in heaven. May the Lord help us to know the real Jesus and how He has conquered.
“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matt. 11:15).
- Zerubbabel (Zech. 4:6)