Christ the King Sunday
Christ the King
1. Who he is
2. What he does
3. Who we are
4. What we do
Text: Colossians 1:13-20
Who is Jesus Christ? “Uh. Silly question, Pastor! We are at church right now. We’re at Christ the King Church right now. Come on!” But really. Who is Jesus Christ? We talk about him a lot. As Christians we base our whole faith on Christ. It’s kind of important to know who Jesus Christ is.
Most people in this world know about Jesus. Many people in this world talk about Jesus. There are cross earrings and necklaces all over the place. There are Christian bookstores and publishing houses. There are Christian magazines. Even Time magazine has had Jesus on the cover. Men roll up their sleeves to show a cross and/or crown of thorns tattoo on the arm. Women show the little cross tattoo on their shoulder blades or ankles. There are Jesus and cross bumper stickers. There are “What Would Jesus Do?” bracelets. There are “Jesus is my homeboy” tee shirts. Jesus pictures and artwork. Jesus coffee mugs. There was even a Saturday Night Live skit with Tim Tebow having a conversation in the locker room with Jesus.
But who is Jesus Christ? Muslims call Jesus a great prophet, but not as good as Mohammed. Jews call Jesus a great teacher, but not the Messiah. Many Americans use his name like a curse word, shouting it when something bad happens. Some Christians think of Jesus like a lucky rabbit’s foot—they pull him out when they need him and hopefully he’ll make something good happen. Similarly, other Christians view Jesus simply as a best friend or a guardian angel—if you commit your life to him enough he’ll make your life happy and easy. And many, many others who don’t have an opinion about Jesus Christ might admit they simply aren’t sure—but they know he’s important.
If you want to know who Jesus Christ really is and what he has done, there is hardly a better or clearer place to look in all of the Bible than the book of Colossians. The eight verses before us today from the first chapter of Colossians are a beautiful description of him on this glorious day to help us better understand Christ the King. Read the rest of this entry
3rd Sunday after Pentecost
A Reality Check . . .
Text: Colossians 2:13-17
It’s time for A Reality Check. We say we believe in God. We call ourselves Christians. We follow Christ. We may even feel a little good about that at times. I was in Washington D.C. and New York City this last week. Walking down those streets and seeing all those people wearing who knows what with who knows what lifestyles doing whatever they please, you can’t help but think, “Thank God I’m not like that.” There’s comfort in being in a place like that and then coming back home where I can go on living my quiet, pious Christian life.
Yet we do the same in our less glitzy and glamorous setting of Palm Coast, Florida, too. We watch people on the news. We get updates on Facebook. We see people in the store and at the beach. “Thank God I’m not like that, either. I’m a Christian. I follow Christ.” Read the rest of this entry
Text: Colossians 3:12-17
Last week millions of cameras around the country flashed brightly and captured yet another Christmas tradition–the Christmas family picture. Whether at churches or at home, around the Christmas tree, or at a photo studio–families across America make extra effort to take pictures of their families when they are dressed the best.
As people in this world, our spiritual dress isn’t so flashy or stylish. In fact, it’s downy right dirty and dingy–soiled by our countless sins. But Paul reminds us today that we have been dressed with the righteousness of Christ. All our sins are forgiven and our spiritual clothing appears bright, white, and clean.
Paul then encourages us today to live as we are dressed–with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. In order to do so,we can be strengthened by daily being in the Word of God, praying, and praising the Lord.
Loving and living in such a way–as Christ as loved and forgave us–will lead us to do all things in thanks to him! This Christmas, and every day, don with pride and joy your new “Christmas” clothing!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, as you have forgiven me, lead me to forgive others. As you have loved me, lead me to love others. Fill my heart with your peace and joy that I may shine brightly as a reflection of your love. Amen
Today I read through Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. Today was also a day that I really wished I wasn’t trying to read the whole Bible in 60 days. Each of those four letters from Paul could take 60 days of study alone. In fact, at the Seminary we spent an entire semester each on Galatians and Ephesians!
But though I was browsing the forest more than studying the trees, it was enjoyable yet again with these Bible books to get a feel for the flow of thought as Paul wrote to these congregations. And what magnificent content in these letters! There are sections of such doctrinal importance, sections of great encouragement, sections of clear law and gospel (sin and grace).
My pace is still continuing at a good rate. I hope to be done with the New Testament before Monday! The Old Testament will certainly take a long time!
Day 9 Reading: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians
Day 9 Time: 53 minutes
Total Time to Date: 662 minutes
Set Your Hearts and Minds on Things Above
Text: Colossians 3:1-4
If only Jesus had stayed. Think how different things would be! Think how much better things would be! We wouldn’t have this terrorist problem. One flex of his pinky finger and the Muslims would be overthrown. One wave of his hand and gas prices would plummet, inflation would be deflation, and I wouldn’t have to worry about money. One loving touch and all our sicknesses and diseases would be cured.
If only Jesus stayed. Then I wouldn’t suffer so much. Then I wouldn’t be sad so much. Then I wouldn’t worry so much. Then I wouldn’t sin so much.
Sometimes I feel like Martha when her brother Lazarus died. She greeted Jesus by saying, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” We sing big and powerful hymns today until we are red in the face—A Hymn of Glory Let us Sing . . . Alleluia! Sing to Jesus. But wait a second! I’m not so sure I’m glad Jesus ascended to heaven. If only Jesus had stayed, then things would be better! Read the rest of this entry