"Only About Jesus"
- Revelation 19:11 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
- vs. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
- vs. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS,” AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Despite “perilous times” (II Tim. 3:1), believers have another wonderful opportunity on this earth to celebrate the death and resurrection of our beloved Savior (first written around Resurrection Sunday)! And this we must do, because when we take our eyes off of Jesus, we get “wearied and faint” (Heb. 12:2-3). So during this time of celebration, let’s remember the many, many names of our Risen Savior, Jesus.
Despite death around us, Jesus is Life (Jn. 14:6). Despite darkness surrounding us, Jesus is Light (Jn. 8:12; 9:5). Despite the world’s non-stop pushing of despair, Jesus is Hope (Titus 2:13). Despite greedy governments removing freedoms, Jesus will ever be Liberty (II Cor. 3:17)! And despite myriad believers forsaking revival, Jesus is still the Resurrection (Jn. 11:25) which is Revival/Life again!
At the end of the Tribulation, we see in the text (Rev. 19), Jesus returning on His white horse to “make war” against Satan and the Antichrist! Notice out of all the many names given Jesus throughout Scripture, that God narrows it down to 5: “called Faithful and True”; “called The Word of God”; “written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” So much can be said as to why the Holy Spirit chose these 5 during that last battle. However, I just want to focus on “The Word of God.”
A “Jesus only” movement that already swept through neo-evangelical churches is now sweeping through Independent Baptist churches. The emphasis sounds great! Let’s just focus only on Jesus, preach only about Jesus, and unite only around the doctrine of Jesus! Who could oppose that?! Well, the problem is that this thinking and this group are not really only about Jesus. How can I say such a thing? Don’t these types of believers and preachers only talk about Jesus? Well, the problem is that they only focus on what they like about Jesus. The issue is that Jesus is “The Word of God”; all of it.
- John 5:39 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
The entire Word of God is Jesus (Jn. 1:1). If you really are to be “only about Jesus”, then you must include Genesis and everything contained therein since Jesus is Genesis: 7 literal days of Creation, the Abrahamic covenant, etc… If you really are “only about Jesus”, you can’t ignore the Law of Deuteronomy (men dressing like men, no sodomy, etc…). If you really are “only Jesus”, stop separating Jesus into Old Testament and New Testament, and then choosing to ignore everything in the Old Testament which is Jesus Himself. Jesus is “The Word of God” meaning Jesus is “the Law and the Prophets” (Jn. 1:45), and the Gospels (Mk. 1:1), and the Letters to the Churches. And “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Heb. 13:8) still expects the saved to read, follow, and obey all of Who He is in the entirety of Scripture.
To preachers, if you are “only about Jesus”, you must declare “all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) which is Jesus! Entire passages, stories, and subjects of Scripture, which is all Jesus, are being ignored by supposed Independent, Baptist preachers today. I have heard multiple times recently preached in Independent, Baptist pulpits that there are passages that aren’t “relevant” to believers right now. But all of Jesus “The Word of God” is “relevant”! Preachers and believers don’t have the right to decide which parts of Jesus/Scripture are important and which are not. Woe to those who teach and practice avoidance of the little principles of God’s Word, Who is Jesus, for you are promised to be “least” yourself one day in Heaven (Mt. 5:19)!
So, it is waaay past time that believers and preachers get back to ALL of Jesus. The entirety of Scripture needs preached, taught, and lived, not just the passages that you like or are comfortable with. Jesus is coming soon! And after the Rapture and after the Tribulation, Jesus will ride in on His white horse as “The Word of God.” It is time we stop ripping out the parts of Scripture and thus ripping off the parts of Jesus we don’t like or we deem irrelevant. All of Jesus “The Word of God” is crucial!