CHRIST IS A KING LIKE NO OTHER
- He rules over all
- He has reconciled all
Based on Colossians 1:13-20
When a new person is put in charge of something—a project or a committee or a company—that person often has an agenda to improve whatever he is in charge of. Politicians run campaigns with the promise of changing things for the better. Look at our current and future presidents; both ran campaigns promising change! A new boss or supervisor comes into our workplace, and we compare them with the previous boss and evaluate which one was better. Packers fans have become so frustrated with our suddenly mediocre team that many have been calling for change at levels as high as the defensive coordinator, head coach, and general manager, and all with the assumption that a new coordinator or coach or G.M. will be better than what we have now. In every case, whether it’s the people who serve us in government, or who oversee our workplaces, or even run our favorite sports teams, we want people who are better than all the rest.
Sometimes people think the same way about God. We live in a place where Christianity is the vastly predominant religion, but throughout our world many identify with other religions and “gods,” all with the hope that their religion and their god will make their lives better.
Thanks to God’s grace and his Word, we know the one and only path to God is through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Son of God has used the Word of God to plant faith in your heart, and as a result, you realize that you don’t need to look for some other “god” out there to rule your heart and guide your life. There is no better option—in fact, there really is no option at all—other than true God who tells about himself in the Bible and who reveals himself to us through his Son, Jesus Christ. On this final festive Sunday of the church year, our Second Lesson helps us to appreciate and celebrate that point. The only divine influence we need is Jesus Christ, because Christ is a king like no other. He rules over all, and he has reconciled all.
Today’s reading comes from the New Testament book called Colossians. It seems that the apostle Paul wrote this book, at least in part, to warn his readers about a false teaching that was starting to make its way into their minds. This false idea is sometimes called the “Colossian heresy.” So what was the problem? We can’t say with total certainty, but we can gather some information about this issue from Paul’s letter. It seems that there were some people, either in this church or influencing this church, who promoted ideas such as secret spiritual knowledge, or the benefits of a highly ascetic life, or obsession with cosmic, spiritual creatures. What these people failed to understand is that chasing after this spiritual fad would cause them to miss out on the real spiritual blessings that Jesus Christ offered and delivered. Read More…