Sunday, November 24, 2013

Christ the Image of the Invisible God



Jesus the Christ
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Today being Christ the King Sunday, our Pastor Jerry read from Colossians 1:15-20

Saint Paul was always stepping on the toes of someone, and he was placed in prison and bound by chains.  While there he was allowed visitors, and wrote letters to the churches.  One such letter was to the church at Colossi, although he did not found that church.

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 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 and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

We are fascinated by the monarchy and by kings and queens with all their news and scandals.  There are different ways that nations are ruled, and for us we have a democracy and not a king, and gender is not noticed.  There are both men and women in various jobs including politics and the church.

We talk about Christ the King and cannot think of God without thinking of Jesus.  God equals Jesus and Jesus equals God.  This is difficult to explain and we use illustrations to help us understand.

Pastor Jerry asked us to notice that God is Honorable, Humble, Loving and Gracious:

Even today we often do not know how to respond, for He left obedience up to the free will of the people.
 
1.  He is Honorable because God came unannounced when no one was looking.  God entered into history in the form of flesh, arriving among strangers, in a time of political controversy.   He began to teach at around age 30 and ministered for three years, and was then subjected to cruel crucifixion.

2.     God is Humble as he does his work.  As a child he escaped into Egypt on a donkey.  He lived in poverty as most everyone did.  Thirty years later he humbly rode a donkey into Jerusalem where crowds shouted Hosanna to the King.

3.     God is Loving and is not willing that any should perish.  He provided a way to reach His throne, by receiving Jesus as our Lord.  The Gospel is based on Love. God so loved the world that He gave us Jesus.

4.     Graceful God is FULL of Grace.  He approaches us with Love even when we do not deserve it.  That is why we like to sing the old hymn, “Amazing Grace”

Jesus points us to God and to know Jesus is to know God.

Jesus is the image of the invisible God.  Thanks be to God.

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7 comments:

  1. St. Paul wrote wonderful and true words, you are right.

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  2. Hail to the King of Kings! He is Lord of all. :)

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  3. Dear Hazel
    Yes, the Trinity is something the human mind cannot understand, but I like the way I read it in The Shack where Jesus told the guy that it must be pretty boring to worship a god that we can understand completely. That parts that are a mystery to us, makes Him so much more glorious and desirable to know.
    Blessings XX
    Mia

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  4. Beautiful post Hazel. I'm so very thankful that our King approaches us with Love, even when we do not deserve it.

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  5. Yes; Thanks be to God. Christ is the justice. So everything on earth, being water and solid ground, be it fish and fowl, be it growth and wild animals, is explained by Christ. What Adam discovered, Jesus inhibited. Christ, The Son, is the urge of heaven and earth united.

    And so He is the urge of God and man united, and of the man and the woman united, and of the heart and mind united. He is The Son. He is the meaning of life, and we will be recognized by Him. He is the truth. He is the justice. He is the invisible God.

    "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" (1 Timothy, 2:5)

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  6. Oooops .....! Sorry! I meant: Jesus inhabits, not "inhibit", what Adam discovered. *smile* My English is terrible.

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  7. Amen, "No man comes unto the Father but by me." Thankful for His sacrifice and spirit within. A good week to remember. Thanks, Hazel.

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