God is not a god of our imaginations – Part 3
God never speaks of Jesus in less than the highest accolades human language can communicate. Hebrews 1:8 records possibly the highest tribute made by God the Father of His Son; “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.” Jesus Christ is the eternal sovereign ruler of all.
When thinking of Jesus Christ, worldly attitudes should not be permitted to influence your conclusions of Him. Even religious thinking will attempt to dethrone Christ in order to bring Him down to a mere human level, making Him less significant. The lower He becomes in your thinking, the less worthy He becomes of your total surrender and obedience.
In returning to the apostle Paul’s declaration of Christ’s majestic deity, we read; “he is the head of the body, the church” (Colossians 1:18a). The Church is not merely a religious organisation aimlessly staggering through life hoping to get things right. No, the Church is the living body of Christ, made up of believers world-wide with Christ at the helm. 1 Peter 5:2 refers to the church as “the flock of God” with Jesus as “the Chief Shepherd” (1 Peter 5:4). Nothing escapes the Shepherd’s attention; therefore, nothing is left to chance. Christ supplies every need His body has with no part suffering neglect.
“He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent” (Colossians 1:18b). While some may argue that Jesus was not the first or the last to rise from the dead; Jesus is however, the only one to rise from the dead never to die again. “Christ Jesus is the one who died – more than that, who was raised – who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us” (Romans 8:34).
As the Church’s resurrected Lord, He intercedes tirelessly on our behalf with the Father. Maintaining our eternal security under His justification, progressing our ongoing sanctification, and blessing our daily lives. As He constantly presents our case, no detail is overlooked or minimalised.
Christians have every reason to rest confident in Christ. Why? Because; “in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross” (Colossians 1:19-20). Our Saviour is not made of wood or stone. He is not some created deity. He is not just another religious phanatic. He is God who walked amongst us for a short time. He is God’s Son who came to earth for the distinct purpose of going to the Cross, making peace with His Heavenly Father for the sins of all those who would believe in Him.
Many today sit looking at Jesus as side-line spectators. The question for them is the same as Jesus put to His twelve disciples following a group of people turning back and walking away from Him. “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:67-69). Despite Peter’s many failings, He knew who Jesus was, and He knew what Jesus could do. Peter was convinced that no other could bring the gift of eternal life, so he believed in Jesus the Christ.
I encourage you to affirm your belief in Jesus. Celebrate the certainty of eternal life in Christ. Be glad about His constant work on your behalf before the throne of God.