In this message, Pastor Jay told us that in Paul’s letter to the Colossians, Paul was telling the Colossians (and he’s telling us), if we’re going to have impact we need clarity. Pastor Jay told us there are two things that are required to be great.
- We need to have absolute clarity on the greatness of Jesus Christ
- The necessity (clarity) to depend on Jesus Christ
In the Book of Colossians, Paul was writing against some teaching going on that was diminishing who Jesus was. Paul knew that these people needed clarity on the greatness of Jesus in order to have real impact for the kingdom of God.
In Colossians 1:13-20 Paul laid out “5 Reasons Why Jesus Is The Epitome Of Greatness”.
1) Jesus has rescued us. (Colossians 1:13) Pastor Jay told us that those of us who don’t know Jesus live in a power structure of evil. Jesus’ mission is to rescue those people from this deception. It’s a rescue and transfer mission where Jesus carries people across the line from darkness to light.
2) Jesus has redeemed us. (Colossians 1:14, Ephesians 1:7) If someone wanted a slave freed, they paid the owner and freed the slave. That’s what redemption is. The slave was redeemed. Jesus has paid the price that we could never pay to redeem all people. Our devotion is the only natural response to this freedom. Jesus has freed (redeemed) us from the power of sin.
3) Jesus is God. (Colossians 1:15, Psalm 89:26, 27) Before Jesus came to earth, God was an invisible God. If God is invisible, how can God be known? Jesus is the answer. Jesus isn’t like God; He is God. Pastor Jay told us that we were made in God’s (Jesus’) image. When the Bible says Jesus is the “first born”, it means the supreme power and authority. Jesus has full authority over all creation; Jesus is God!
4) Jesus is creator of all things. (Colossians 1:16, 17) We celebrate people who create things and Jesus is the greatest creator of all! All we have to do is walk outside and look around…
5) Jesus is the ultimate leader. (Colossians 1:18-20) Jesus loves you (and me) so much. The Bible tells us “the very hairs on your head are numbered.” Jesus knows us inside and out. He knows the past, the present and the future.
We live in a world that is spinning out of control; when we yield to God we can take the message of Jesus Christ into this world. We may not be able to see Jesus next to us, but when we are doing God’s work we can know Jesus is right alongside us.
Jesus wants to use Shoreland Community Church to give people the hope that Jesus gives. Nothing can stop people who are following God. Satan should and will be afraid of getting in our way. There is no greater role model, no greater person to follow than Jesus Christ.
If you’ve never put your faith in Jesus, the time is now! It’s time to begin soaring; we have a God who makes Satan run away. Jesus is everything. Let’s open ourselves up to all He is and all He has. Jesus Christ is the alpha, the omega, the first and the last. Let’s receive Him, allow ourselves to be empowered by Him and bring Him glory in everything we do!