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June 1, 2020 Christ Hymn; Christ Enough! - Pastor Perry Windecker

“And giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.


The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.


Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” (Colossians 1:12-22 NIV).


Reflection


When you were a child did your mom ever let you pick your own breakfast cereal? Mine did on occasion. I would walk up and down the isle looking at all the box covers, not really looking for the type or brand name. Oh, it had to be full of sugar and good stuff, but more important was: did it have a secret prize inside? Then when we would get it home, I would want to open it up right away, so I could get the prize. Mom was always a little more devious though. She would make me finish the box we already had open—usually the kind that’s good for ya, but tasted like it was better to eat the box.


I would have to wait for my prize, sometimes a week or more. I would think about it every morning while I ate the chewy dreaded cardboard. My anticipation would often get the better of me and I would build that little prize up into the greatest thing ever, instead of the cheap plastic undersized trinket it really was. I would always be disappointed in what I had hoped for for so long. It was always a letdown.


Now, I’m sure you are wondering what a cheap plastic prize in a cereal box has to do with Jesus, and why I am telling you about it just after you read Christ Hymn of Colossians from Paul. Well, really nothing. More so just the opposite of it in fact. Paul wrote this lovely hymn to the Colossians to help them more fully understand the prize they had already received, yet did not understand. They were under appreciating the prize that had already been found—they were not sure in their faith and were practicing things that did not go with the teachings of Christ. With a bent toward gnosticism, or special knowledge, they were unaware of the fullness of Christ.


Paul, with his words and eloquence, showed them how great Christ really is. How majestic and supreme He is. He is the “image of the invisible God.” He is over all of creation, and has all the fullness of God in Him. This incredible cosmic depiction of Jesus to a small agrarian town must have seemed overwhelming. Which is exactly what Paul wanted. He wanted to show the Colossians who they were dealing with in Jesus. The one whom all of creation was made and is sustained, the One above all the powers and rulers and politicians of earth, the One who breathed life into them.


Paul also illustrates for them that Christ is the Head of the Church; so, stop messing around. The firstborn redeeming and reconciling all things to Himself. And we all know that all means ALL. All of creation, both in heaven and on earth, all of creation in His making peace through His blood.


So, we have to ask; is Jesus enough?

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