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Christus Imperator

Jesus is the imperial giver and taker of life.

Illustration: Some years ago, the distinguished publishing house of Grosset & Dunlap brought together a panel of 28 educators and historians and asked them to select the 100 most significant events of history, then list those events in order of importance. After months of labor, the panel reported that they considered the most significant event of history to be the discovery of America. In second place was the invention of movable type by Gutenberg. Eleven different events tied for third place, and five events tied for fourth place. The events tying for fourth were the writing of the Constitution of our country, the development of ether, the development of the X, the discovery of the airplane, and the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus tied for fourth.

That should not come to us as any surprise, for in the thinking of most people our Lord Jesus is an afterthought, an . He's important at times of baptism and marriage and funerals but not to be considered at other times. But let me make it clear this morning, so clear that there can be no mistake about it, that Jesus is not fourth but first. He is not tied with anybody but triumphant. He is not to be rated, for he is regnant. He is not just important but altogether imperial.

Jesus is the Lord of Life.

Illustration: When King George III of England went to hear George Frederick Handel's Messiah for the first time, it is recorded that on hearing the great chorus which we call today the Hallelujah Chorus, the king stood not principally out of recognition for the majesty of the music but principally because he recognized in his head and in his heart the majesty of the imperial Christ. Jesus is the Lord of life.

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Bruce Thielemann is the former pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Sermon Outline:


I. Jesus is the Lord of life

II. Jesus is the Lord of death

III. Jesus is the Lord of life after death