Who do you say that I am?–Jesus (Matt. 16:15)
When you see Jesus as he truly is, he will be given the place that he is always due.
It’s funny how controlling we try to be and how we try to shoehorn Jesus into our lives so that we have some kind of resemblance of him. However, if Jesus really holds all things together, if he really created everything, if he really is the head of the church, if he really died so we might live…something’s gotta give.
A buddy of mine came up to me in between the services and shared the Powers of 10 with me. I had seen it before but had completely forgotten about it until that point. So the second service got to go through this with me. The first service didn’t. I’m sorry, first service!
Yes, our lives are the sum total of decisions we make, and yet they are infinitely more important. Standing at the top of all of the decisions we make and questions we have to answer is that question from Jesus: Who do you say that I am?
The world around us has multiple answers for that. Good guy, great teacher, gracious, master communicator, etc. However, what is infinitely more important than that is how the Scriptures speak of him. And, to say it plainly, they present him as everything. This morning we looked at one passage which paints quite a large picture of our King.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:15-20
If these things are true (and they are), then things shouldn’t be the same. Speaking about “priorities” when Jesus stands as the creator and sustainer of everything just sounds silly. And yet, at the same time, we do want to be better at prioritizing, and we do want to learn how Jesus changes important parts of our lives like finance, parenting, and work.
Yet, if Jesus is at the center of our lives, in the same way he is at the center of all things and the sustainer of all things, then at the same time we are concerned about our priorities we also become unconcerned with those priorities. We can rest in our Savior and the fact that he will work things to his good.
So for the next five weeks, we will look at Jesus. How did he live, how did he love, how did he spend his time. My hope and prayer is that we are changed not out of duty but because we see what Jesus has done and who he is, and we are undone.