Sunday, October 16, 2011


So often I lose sight of what I should really be focusing on.  It's not really a 'what', but a 'who' - Christ.  Thankfully my devotional book this week helped me by having me read a series of passages about him.  Can I even begin to express some of the excitement and awe felt in these passages as the writers talk about our glorious Lord?  Because I think it is so crucial that you and I grasp it, I will try.
Although it makes a long post, I will start by letting you read a few scriptures that I have been reflecting on this week (emphasis added):
"The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in him all things were created [...] He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. [...] he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy" (Colossians 1:15-23)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight [...] in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. [...] he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
[...] I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you,[...] and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.  (Ephesians 1:1-23) 
[...] have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
 Who, being in very nature God,
     did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
 rather, he made himself nothing
      by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
 And being found in appearance as a man,
      he humbled himself
      by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place       and gave him the name that is above every name,  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,       in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,       to the glory of God the Father.  (Philippians 2:1-11)
Christianity isn't about me or you, or even about us, the church.  It is about Christ.  (Really it is about the whole Godhead - Father, Son, Holy Spirit - for they cannot be separated)  And he is worthy of our worship.  Because of who he is and because of what he has done, is doing and will do - because of all of this we should be striving each day to love and worship and glorify his name more and more.  For "yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever, Amen!"

Part of me didn't want to publish this post.  Instead I thought about just writing, "go spend some time pondering who is you worship and then go worship him!"  But I went ahead and posted, mostly hoping that the power of these scriptures will help you love and worship Christ.

May you be filled with wonder and awe as you live in the presence of our glorious risen Lord!

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