Our series, The Search, began this past Monday with the message, “Who Is God?” Brad walked us through Colossians 1:15–20, a letter written by Paul to the church at Colossae. At the beginning of the letter, Paul describes the unique nature of Christ as the “image of the invisible God.” Brad took this idea of an image—an icon—and challenged us to think of our own images of Jesus. How do we think of Jesus, and how do we live our lives to reflect the image of Jesus? Because ultimately, Jesus is the answer to the question, “Who is God?”
This week read Colossians 1:15–20 yourselves. Also read Philippians 2:5–11 and 1 Timothy 3:16. These three passages are early statements by Paul trying to put his finger on who God is in Jesus.
Another great resource to get you thinking about Jesus and God is “Once and For All” off the new Passion album. Our prayer is that this week would be a time for you—whether a believer or a non-believer—to begin wrestling with Jesus and who he is because this question has serious implications for how we live our lives. If we believe Jesus is God, if we believe he is Lord of all, then we need to be prepared to start turning over parts of our lives to him.
Jesus doesn’t just want to be Lord over the tidy parts of your life. He wants to be Lord over the messy and shameful parts too. He wants to bring those areas under his control and in doing so, save us from ourselves.
When we get right down to it, believing that Jesus is God shines a bright light into our lives that challenges us to examine some of the dark corners and recesses of ourselves, those areas we try to avoid. It is hard work, but Jesus has promised to be with us in that work.