The preceding visions prior to, and the actual revealing of Jesus’ birth, were both fragmentary and progressive.
The greatness of Jesus was echoed consistently. From visions by the Prophet Isaiah (In Isaiah 9:7) – “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end”, to Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary about Jesus – with these words in Luke 1:32, 33 ” He will be great and eminent and will be called the Son of the Most High. …He will reign forever, of His kingdom, there shall be no end.”
Not forgetting the choir of angels appearing to the shepherds after He’s born
But what’s impressive, is how Jesus chose to reveal His greatness – through His actions.
In John 10 as a Shepherd, He makes up a new flock under Him, one that isn’t defined by former distinctions of religion and ancestry lineage. His sheep would be made up of Jews, Gentiles, Greeks, etc. with no favoritism at all. He would go on to love His church equally. With no biases based on race or status quo.
The great I am, when He was starting out the composition of His church, look at what He did – instead of choosing the qualified, He qualified the chosen. Fishermen, Tax collectors, a woman once possessed by a thousand demons, imagine that – and yet all belonged to His church!
Even today, the murderers, drug dealers, strippers, prostitutes, etc, all can be made new by Him and for Him. We see various tax collectors, prostitutes, and adulterers being made new by Him in the Bible.
His Greatness, as a Savior became an ultimate reality – when He gave Himself to be sacrificed on the cross, purging our sins, and making possible a kind of salvation that doesn’t require burnt offering sacrifices anymore.
By the way, His Salvation is available, as long as the days of grace last.
The Salvation that Jesus offers is also great in its nature. It comes with sufficient Grace that has the power to provide a complete inner renewal in a person and offer rebirth for evil-natured people.
For the first time in the New Testament, we hear through John the baptist, speak of His greatness to the public. While at river Jordan, conducting a mass baptism by water, Jesus steps into the scene – hear the words of John…
John 1:30 – This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’
Isn’t that a bit amusing?
I mean, clearly, John – who was also Jesus’ cousin, had been born earlier. But His reference on Jesus’ wasn’t based on the physical birth. He referred to His greatness as eternal preexistence. Beyond limits of time and age, yet ever continuing.
On various occasions, Jesus found Himself surrounded by Jews and gentiles alike that wouldn’t dare believe His expression of Greatness. He once proclaimed to them that He is Greater than Abraham and even the prophets. Again, great than Jonah who was sent to Nineveh. Great than Solomon, an ancient King in Israel. Great than the temple in Jerusalem
Jesus has never been greater than He is now
Ephesians 1:17–22 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet…
Philippians 2: 9-11 – For this reason also (because He obeyed and so completely humbled Himself), God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow (in submission), of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess and openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (sovereign God), to the glory of God the Father.
God The Father, placing everything that invokes and exudes power under His son, Jesus – to judge an entire world, to save using His name, power to ressurect (John 5:21), – what more would we use to describe “greatness”?
Being exalted above dominions, principalities, and any kind of power – not only in this world but an age yet to come – isn’t He the one worth being labeled as “Great”?
How about the undisputed evidence of Him conquering death and displaying that He is above death – isn’t that enough for a unique kind of greatness?
Presently, the earth may not comprehend the greatness of our Lord Jesus. But a time is coming; when His greatness will be revealed in an undoubted manner. He will come to rule over every nation, and every eye will see Him. He will overthrow and put to an end every evil, and He will judge every single man that’s ever lived. only then, will they realize – He was, is, and will always be above all. The Great I am!