Jesus is greater than the Sabbath. The sign of the Mosaic Covenant was the keeping of the Sabbath ( Ezekiel 20:12), and the Jewish people were scrupulous in maintaining this sign. When Jesus came, He lived under the Law ( Galatians 4:4), fulfilled the Law ( Matthew 5:17), and showed that “the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” ( Matthew 12:8).
Jesus is greater than the church. The church is the elect of God who have been called out of the world, redeemed, justified, sanctified, and glorified ( Romans 8:30). Eventually, the church will be “a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” ( Ephesians 5:27). Yet Christ is greater. He is the Head of the church, which is His body ( Colossians 1:18; cf. John 13:16; 15:20).
Jesus is greater than the angels. Angels are servants of God, but Jesus is God’s only begotten Son, sitting at the right hand of the Majesty on high ( Hebrews 1:3, 5; John 3:16). One day all principalities and powers in heaven and on earth will bow before Christ ( Philippians 2:10). Jesus is “as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs” ( Hebrews 1:4).
Jesus’ name is greater than all other names. Jesus, the perfect Man and one and only sacrifice for sin, has been highly exalted. God has given Him “the name that is above every name” ( Philippians 2:9). The other names of history—Buddha, Mohammed, Gandhi, Confucius, Krishna, Joseph Smith, and Sun Myung Moon among them—pale to insignificance in the light of the glory of Jesus Christ. It is the name of Jesus that we preach to the ends of the earth, because it is only in His name that salvation is found ( Acts 4:12).
“In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” ( Colossians 2:9). As the Word of God ( John 1:1), Jesus is the fullest possible revelation from God to man. God could not have spoken any more plainly.