Today you should read: Colossians 1:15-29
I remember it as one of my favorite days in church as a kid. I am from a very small community in southeastern Kentucky called Kingbee. My mom came to Christ just before I was born and started to attending Kingbee Nazarene Church, which she would drag me and my sisters to as kids. They would have what is called a revival every year. Now some of you reading this know what a revival is, but for those who don’t a revival is a week where a church has services every night for a week straight. Most of the time they would have a guy called an evangelist come in and the point of a revival was to get folks to invite family and friends who did not know the Lord to come and hear the gospel preached and get saved. The speaker was usually very charismatic and a great communicator. Well, for a kid like me who hated going to church the idea of going for a week straight felt like punishment. However, all would be changed on that first night.
I did not get saved at this revival but I did experience my first charismatic fire and brimstone preacher. You know the kind that takes a breath in between each statement and keeps a handkerchief in his hands to wipe the sweat. At one point he even ran a lap around the worship center which took my interest in church way up but left me with a wrong view of God. I remember thinking “God is really mad at us and he seems really scary”. This left me with a question: “Is God knowable?”
Paul clears up this question for us in our passage today and the answer is a resounding yes! Jesus is our knowable image of God who came in the flesh. If we ever want to know what God is like, we just need to look to the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) and study the life of Jesus. Jesus ate with the sinners (Matthew 9:10-11), healed the sick (Mark 1:40-45, Mark 2:1-12), forgives the sinners (John 8:1-11), and shows compassion on the lost (Matthew 9:35-38). Jesus shows that God is a knowable God who desires a relationship with his children.
Jesus did not only demonstrate God’s grace and mercy toward a lost world of sinners, but he demonstrated the seriousness of our sin and the wrath it deserves. Paul speaks of this in v.20 when he references the blood of the cross. The most horrific and gruesome death a man can go through still to this day. Jesus willing went to the cross on our behalf so that we can be reconciled to him through his blood. In other words, sin had a price that needed to be paid in order for a just and perfect God to pardon us.
So how should those of us who have been saved respond to such an act of love? We must offer up our lives to God in worship and service to make his name and his word fully known to those around us (v.25). How are you stewarding his life for his name?
Posted by: Chad Wiles