Summary: With all the confusion about what to follow these days, we have a Friend, a Redeemer, HE is Jesus and HE still is relevant today
Using market research and focus groups a certain congregation/denomination has designed weekly services that deliberately de-emphasize Jesus Christ. One of the founders of the congregation has said, “The sad fact is the name of Jesus Christ has become for many people exclusionary.
” Using Hindu and Zen, intermingled with a few verses from the Bible and recorded music by Willie Nelson, the leader of this group is quoted as saying, “We’re enabling people to discover God themselves, maybe through Jesus, maybe through Buddha, maybe through any number of ways.”
Most of us are appalled by this defamation of Christianity, and we should be. But before we come down too hard on them, I want to address a very dangerous and deadly disease running rampant in the evangelical church today. At first glance it seems pretty harmless but its spores can infect an entire community. No, I’m not talking about anthrax. I call this malady the virus of practicality and I’ve been guilty of spreading it. Here’s how it works.
Instead of calling people to faith, repentance and submission to the supremacy of Christ, many of us tell people that Jesus wants to give them a happy marriage or a stress-free life. While Jesus will certainly change our lives, our marriages, and our stress levels when we bow before His preeminence, we must move away from “What Jesus can do for me” to “Am I living in light of His lordship?” We don’t simply “add” Jesus to our lives; we adore Him with our lives through our obedience.
That brings us to our text today in the Book of Colossians. Much of the false teaching taking place in Colosse had to do with the minimizing of Jesus. Many people thought He was important but not essential. They had given Him a place in their lives, without recognizing that He demands first place. Jesus was prominent to them, but certainly not preeminent.
1. The Image of the Invisible GOD, Firstborn over all Creation. V15
a. Jesus said “When you have seen me you have seen the Father
b. His life showed the unconditional love of the Father
c. Through HIM we see and have access to the Father
2. He is the Creator of all things V16
a. In the Beginning GOD created (made from nothing) the heavens and the earth.
b. Laminine: He Holds all things together
3. He Is the Head of the Church v18
a. He Holds the highest office
b. We are here for HIM
c. His ways are higher than ours, and his thoughts are higher than ours
d. Therefore we follow HIM
4. He is Reconciler:
a. He brings everything together
b. He unalienated us through His sacrifice.
c. He presents us unblemished, free from accusation v22
d. He is our advocate
5. Therefore we must FOLLOW HIM
a. Continue in the FAITH
b. Hold on to the HOPE
c. Working in His LOVE
In the Book of:
Genesis he is the breath of life
Exodus he is the Passover lamb
Leviticus the Great High priest
Numbers the fire by night
Duet. Moses voice
Joshua he is salvations choice