Colossians – Christ in us!
I love a good mystery novel, movie or TV show. I love all the problem solving shows such as NCIS and CSI as long as they don’t get to gruesome. I am more interested in how they solve the mystery. When you watch for as long as I have, you know the drill…the show opens with finding a body. Lots of questions are asked. All the answers are formulated and analyzed until it leads to the truth. Case is solved in under 60 minutes! We move on until the next body is found next week. Amazing.
Mysteries draw us in. We want to know when, where, why and how something happened. We see spilled milk on the counter and wonder how it got there. If you have children, you go to them first. But they respond with, “It wasn’t me!” So who did it? Toys and ball gloves are left out in the yard. You surmise what probably happened only to hear from your precious offspring…”It wasn’t me!” Sometimes they say this before you pose the question. Amazing. (Smiling, remembering what it was like to raise three kids.)
Paul poses the answer to the even more amazing mystery of God simplistically and clearly. It is all about God and His plan to bring ALL His created, (Jews and Gentiles) back into full, unrelenting relationship with Him through Jesus Christ, His Son and our Redeemer. The climax to this mystery is that for all who believe, CHRIST NOW LIVES IN US! Mystery solved! “It’s that simple!”, says Paul. With Christ in us, we will see God someday. We can “look forward to sharing in God’s glory.” Yes, and Amen!
This mystery is as clear and understandable as knowing who left the ball glove out in the yard or who spilled the milk! It’s that simple. No more, no less, says Paul. Preach Jesus!
Colossians 1, The Message
(Part 3 of 3)
24-25 I want you to know how glad I am that it’s me sitting here in this jail and not you. There’s a lot of suffering to be entered into in this world—the kind of suffering Christ takes on. I welcome the chance to take my share in the church’s part of that suffering. When I became a servant in this church, I experienced this suffering as a sheer gift, God’s way of helping me serve you, laying out the whole truth.
26-29 This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me.
What do we learn?
–Who did it? Jesus Christ. Mystery solved. He died and rose again so that we can live forever with Him. Our debt of sin is paid.
–Christ died for all…seriously…ALL people.
–People need to know the Truth, not our opinion of the Truth.
–It’s that simple.
–Teach with common sense in understandable ways.
–Use words if you have to.
–Grow and mature in Christ by being basic. Stick to the Truth.
–No more. No less.
–To suffer is a gift of growing deeper in love with the One and Only who suffered for us. Suffering teaches and humbles us in ways that help others grow in their faith, too.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for Your Word that teaches, guides, directs, convicts, and helps us grow to reflect You in us. Thank you for living and abiding in us! Thank you for Your Holy Spirit, a part of You, that comforts and leads us to simple Truth. Thank you for revealing yourself in and through Christ, solving the mystery of your plan to bring us back to you. Continue to transform me. Transform your church. Transform the world.
In Jesus Name, Amen