Going Deeper 11-21-19

The second reading for Christ the King Sunday...

Colossians 1:11-20  11 May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.


The content of this reading is about as vital as it gets.  Almost everything we believe, teach, and confess is expressed here.


I like to summarize the three main themes of the Bible as: Sin, Grace, and Transformation.  There is not enough said here about sin, other than describing it as a “power of darkness” from which we needed to be “rescued.”  We do need to look elsewhere to better understand what sin is and does, and to grasp how utterly broken we are by nature because of it.  But the Gospel truth that because of God’s grace “we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” is proclaimed clearly and powerfully.  And the opening verse speaks of the ongoing process of transformation, our being “made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power.”


And there are two other absolutely foundational statements made here by St. Paul: “He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God,” and “in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.”  This is critically important because of the reality that it is not hard to get confused about God.  Of course, there will always be confusion because there will always be mystery… the finite (us) cannot adequately grasp the infinite (God).  But the clearest revelation of the mind, heart, spirit, and ways of God is through “his beloved Son,” Jesus the Christ.


The consistent theme communicated throughout all of the videos from The Bible Project is this: The Bible is a unified story that leads to Christ.  I fully agree!  And whatever questions we might have about God and His love and will for us are answered most clearly by looking to Jesus, the Servant/King.


With You in Him,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."