“THE ONE AND ONLY” June 2022

«He has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of His Dear Son: in whom we have redemption through His Blood, even the forgiveness of sins.» Colossians 1:13-14

I remember in my school days being invited by a local radio disc jockey to go see the latest craze in rock and roll music. This was a Black owned radio station that played rock and roll music that other stations didn’t, the original “Shake, Rattle and Roll”.  I was 18 years old and had not surrendered to preach.  I went by the station and met the disc jockey.  He said, “guess who is going to be in town…whomp bomp a lu bomp a bing bam boom…Little Richard!  Do you want to go with me Saturday night, I have passes?’ 

This was in a casino/theatre in Lake Worth, TX.  I remember him being introduced to the crowd, “Here he is folks, THE ONE AND ONLY Little Richard.  The ONE AND ONLY. I recently heard there is a movie coming out about the King, called THE ONE AND ONLY.  The King of rock and roll, Elvis Presley. 

I want to introduce you to my KING the real ONE AND ONLY, He’s the King Of Kings and He is THE ONE AND ONLY!  Read of this King in Colossians 1… He reveals, He rules, and He reconciles. Never been anyone like Him, never!  Read that chapter.  “He has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of His Dear Son: in whom we have redemption through His Blood, even the forgiveness of sins: v12   

Approximately 80 billion people have lived on this earth since Adam and Eve, 80 billion!  Of that number, 15 billion are in the last 20 years.  Half of them are alive now and we will hit 8 billion in population this year.  My question, out of all the people that have ever lived there is but a handful that have made any difference in the world. 

But there is one!  He stepped out of heaven, took upon Himself the form of a man, the God–man…all God and all man, the Fullness of The God-head bodily!  Notice as you read this chapter that it pleased the Father that Jesus have preeminence.  The Father stepped back and the Son stepped up! Jesus wants to be preeminent in our lives not just prominent.  He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. 

Of 80 billion that have lived do you know of one that stands out, does anyone even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath? Look at the words Jesus spoke about this very subject in Matthew 11:27 “All things are delivered unto me of My Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, except the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him”.  Jesus reveals the Father, He is the image of the invisible God!

  The Greek word for “image” is “icon”…the express image.  If you have seen Jesus, you have seen the Father.  God is unseeable, untouchable, and unapproachable, that is, you cannot get to God except thru the Son.  Of 80 billion people born on this earth only ONE can get you to God the Father!  Reason won’t get you there, Religion won’t get you there and neither will Rituals! Think with me on a few things. As far as I know, Jesus never wrote a book, yet there are countless volumes written about Him, libraries all over the world are filled with books about Him. 

He never painted a picture, but has inspired some of the greatest paintings in history, museums are filled with Jesus inspired paintings. He never formed an army to fight for Him, to kill others and to defend Him, yet there is a vast army of volunteers who will live and die for Him. 

 He never travelled outside of the small country of Israel, yet there are disciples of His in every country.  He only spoke for three years, actually, not that many words, but while you are reading this millions around the world are consuming His every word, dissecting, analyzing every word.  Translating into languages so others can also know about Him.

A far as I know He never wrote a song, yet He is the subject of more songs than anyone in history.  Right now, as you read this, people around the world are singing about Him and to Him.  He only had a few chosen men to walk with Him, that handful of men is now multiplied millions. Jesus reveals the Father!  

He only taught for three years yet universities and seminaries have been founded in His Name. At age twelve He was teaching the most learned religious people of His time.  I’m sure one in the crowd must have asked Him, “Son, how old are you?” He may have said, ‘On my mother’s side I am only 12 but on My Father’s side I am older than my mother and as old as my Father, I am before all things.’   

On His mother’s side he got tired and hungry.  On His Father’s side He gives rest to the weary and feeds 5 thousand.  On His mother’s side He said, “I thirst” on His Father’s side, He walked upon the water.  He is Living water on His Father’s side.  On His mother’s side He wept over the death of Mary and Martha’s brother. On His Father’s side He went to the grave site with them and raised Him from the dead.  

To explain Jesus is impossible.  To ignore Him is Disastrous, To deny Him is fatal!  He not only REVEALS the Father, He RULES the universe! He is the glue of the galaxy.  By Him were all things made and by Him do all things consist.  Visible and invisible.  Principalities and Powers, thrones, and dominions.  All things!  

There are no natural laws, all laws were made by Him, and nature obeys.  He has power to create and power to preserve, power with purpose beyond our comprehension.  The human body is made up of millions of cells.  In each cell there are rods called chromosomes, in these there are genes in the genes there is a DNA code for every part of that body…if you copied these codes into book form, it would be over 600,000 pages.

 A young man asked his pastor if he thought there was life on other planets. The pastor said, “No, I don’t think so.” Then why did God go to such trouble to make all of this. “What trouble?”  The pastor said.  The sun is 93,000,000 miles from earth and travelling at 186,000 miles per hour it takes 8.5 seconds for light to travel that distance. It would take 4 1/2 years to reach the nearest star. “What trouble?”  

He not only REVEALS the Father and RULES the universe, He RECONCILES all things to Himself through the blood of His cross. By Him, I say, whether they be things in earth or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:20)

If you are to find heaven as your eternal dwelling place it must be through the Son of God, for He is not just a way to heaven, He is the only way! J

ust for Jesus.