Exploring the Wonders of Christ’s Greatness
Everything about God is great, vast, incomparable. He never forgets, never fails, never falters, never forfeits His word. To every declaration of promise or prophecy the Lord has exactly adhered.A.W. Pink
SCOTTISH PRESBYTERIAN PASTOR, theologian and professor Samuel Rutherford (1600–1661) wrote of Jesus:
Were there ten thousand millions of heavens created above these highest heavens, and again as many above them, and as many above them, till angels were wearied with counting, it were but too low a seat to fix the princely throne of that Lord Jesus (whose ye are) above them all.1
Some 21 centuries before Rutherford’s birth in 1600, Ethan the Ezrahite (c. 539 BC) would seemingly speak in the Psalms of Rutherford’s wearied angels when he wrote these words in Psalm 89:
All heaven will praise your great wonders, LORD; myriads of angels will praise you for your faithfulness. For who in all of heaven can compare with the LORD? What mightiest angel is anything like the LORD? The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God. He is far more awesome than all who surround his throne.Psalm 89:5-7 NLT
We come to the end of our journey together in spending “A Month in the Son.” But the end of our journey is really just a beginning. There is so much more of Jesus waiting to be discovered. I invite you to begin again with Day 1 in this book. What a glorious habit— spending each new day “basking in the Son”! But first we need to saturate ourselves in a revelation of the Incomparable Jesus!
Incomparable, of course, immediately suggests that whatever you are speaking about in using that word means nothing can compare to it. A fuller definition of incomparable reads: “having no comparison or no equal; matchless, unequaled, unmatched, unparalleled, unrivaled, unsurpassable, exceptional, extraordinary, eminent beyond comparison; not suitable for any comparison.”2
Christ meets any and all definitions, descriptions, adjectives, modifiers or any other manner of descriptions when we speak of Him as the Incomparable Jesus! Napoleon Bonaparte was clearly correct when he said of Jesus: “Everything in Christ astonishes me! Neither history, nor humanity, nor the ages, nor nature, offer me anything with which I am able to compare Him and by which I am able to explain Him. Here is everything extraordinary.”3
Nothing but Jesus
In every way, Christ is supremely incomparable. No other religious founder, philosopher, sage, prophet, statesman or any other hero or heroine or historic figure is worthy of the worship Christ deserves. He is incomparable in His mercy, incomparable in His compassion, incomparable in His humility and incomparable in His beauty. He is, quite simply, incomparably unique. Indeed, Christ embodies the word unique: “One and only; having no like or equal; unparalleled; existing only in one known example.” Christ alone is that “one known example.” He is unquestionably incomparable!
Return with me for just a moment to review the encounter when three of Christ’s apostles saw the Lord in His incomparable splendor on what theologians refer to as the Mount of Transfiguration:
Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. His clothes shimmered, glistening white. . . . Just then a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and from deep in the cloud, a voice: “This is my Son, marked by my love. Listen to him.” The next minute the disciples were looking around, rubbing their eyes, seeing nothing but Jesus, only Jesus.Mark 9:2-3, 7-8 MSG
The apostle Paul would later see Christ in a similar dramatic encounter on the Damascus Road when his name was yet Saul. Until that moment, he was a feared persecutor of Christians. The Passion Translation describes that moment: “Just outside the city [Damascus], a brilliant light flashing from heaven suddenly exploded all around him. Falling to the ground, he heard a booming voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:3–4 TPT). So powerful was that moment that Saul was left blind for three days. Thus would begin one of the most remarkable conversions in the history of the Church. Saul had encountered the Incomparable Christ! He would soon become Paul, the chief apostle.
New Sights of Glory
Vital for every Christ-follower to recognize is that there are new sights of glory to be discovered in spending intimate time daily with the Incomparable Jesus! He is all. He is everything. He is enough! Like the three invitees accompanying Christ into a “light-radiant cloud” atop a Judean mountain where their Savior was transfigured, may we have those moments when we, too, rub our eyes and see “nothing but Jesus, only Jesus!” Return a final time with me to Paul’s writings to the Ephesian Christians. In this letter, Paul speaks of how Christ has
“raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6–7 ESV).
Later in that same letter, Paul shares his personal testimony:
“To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ”Ephesians 3:8 ESV
Two expressions leap from the text: immeasurable riches and unsearchable riches. Immeasurable means: “that which cannot be measured; boundless!”4 Unsearchable means: “that which cannot be searched; mysterious!”5 Together, those definitions, and all else we have shared on every page of this book, spells, for us, a single name—Jesus! Starting tomorrow, let’s spend another “Month in the Son”!
A Prayer for Today
Jesus, I thank You for the gift of this month, my personal “Month in the Son,” as I’ve basked in the wonder of Your incomparable presence. Thank You for leading me through these 31 days, for encountering me in the midst of each of them, as I’ve explored new wonders of Yourself and Your heart to me. I pray, my incomparable Lord, that I might carry this habit of practising Your presence forward into my everyday life. May I become increasingly aware of Your awesome greatness daily! I long to discover new wonders about You continually. Oh, how incomparable are Your great names! They are for me a continual feast for joyful worship and reflection. They remind me there is so much more of You to know. Keep me knowing. Keep me exploring. Reveal Yourself to me afresh each day. There is truly none like You! Amen!
ENCOUNTERING INCOMPARABLE JESUS:
A PRACTICAL APPLICATION
Remember—these four steps to help you apply this quality of Christ to your own life.
- EXPLORE: Take time to meditate on this quality of Christ. Use Scriptures in this chapter to get started.
- EXPERIENCE: Turn your meditation into prayer that this quality might impact your life today. Pray the above prayer to begin.
- EXPRESS: During your quiet time, take a moment to journal your thoughts, even if briefly.
- EXALT: Pray, praise or even spontaneously sing your way through today’s list of the names of Jesus. It only requires a few minutes.
We Thank You for joining us for the Week of Prayer.
We are confident that this week was a ‘Mountain top’ experience similar to the Disciples experience of the Transfiguration of JESUS. We pray that JESUS will be the joy and purpose of your life every day in 2022.
Author: Dr Dick Eastman.
We are grateful to Dr Eastman and Dr Doug Clay of US AG who has provided these resources. This is an edited version for the international audience.