First, before we talk about the passage we’ll be looking at this Sunday, I need to offer an apology. I was confronted about the Jib Jab video I showed at the beginning of my teaching, and was advised that it really wasn’t appropriate for public viewing. For at least one person, and maybe more, the subject matter and presentation of that particular satire was offensive and crass. It was something they wouldn’t have viewed voluntarily…and yet I showed it publicly and without warning. That was an abuse of my role in our community, and I’m very sorry.
If you took offense, please accept my sincere apologies, I didn’t set out to hurt anyone. I’ve stated more than once, I’m not very good at this…but that doesn’t excuse me. I will determine to be more cautious in the future. The last thing I want to do is cause us to lose sight of what’s important just for the sake of a laugh. I hope you’ll forgive me.
Ok…so, this Sunday we’ll be looking at vs 15-23 of Colossians 1 ( I highly recomend you read it in the Message as well). Here is where Paul transitions from his opening remarks and moves toward his main point. Remember, the Colossians had begun to drift away from the Message that they had been planted with, and were embracing errant teachings that minimized Jesus’ role in their spiritual lives.
As you read these verses, you’ll see that Paul is pretty excited about Jesus, and who He is. He makes statements about Jesus and His relationship to God. What does the text say that Jesus is in relationship to God?
Paul also points out Jesus’ relationship to creation. What is it? After that, Paul points to a new order of things in vs 19-20. What is God doing with the world through Jesus?
The question that seems to be implied in all of this is…who’s in control? It’s a good question to pose to ourselves, considering the modern, American church’s propensity to compartmentalize our spirituality. We seem to like the idea that we can keep church stuff to Sundays, but the rest of the week is a different story. Do you get that impression from what Paul says here? Based on what Paul says about Jesus, is there ANY part of life, the universe and everything that Jesus isn’t in control of?
As we look at our own lives…is Jesus compartmentalized, or in control? What areas do we tend to try and keep for ourselves? Everything converges in the person of Jesus Christ. That is where life is found…no other place. If that’s true…then that should fundamentally change the way we view the life that we have in this world…shouldn’t it?
Stuff to ponder. See you Sunday.