April 22nd – The Eternal Question



‘Who is Jesus?’
In John’s Gospel Chapter 7 we read a number of people’s opinions about Jesus.These were just ordinary folk, confronted by him, and they said what they thought. ‘He’s a good man’, some said, others ‘He’s a con man’; or as Eugene H. Peterson translates it in his cute old American reference to carpet baggers of the Old West -’Not so, he’s selling snake oil’. ‘You’re ‘crazy’ said the religious to him, ‘as if we were trying to kill you’. ‘He could be the Messiah’ said some. ‘The Messiah himself could not do more than this man Jesus does’.In the populace some said ‘This has to be the prophet’, some ‘He is the Messiah’.Thus the crowd was divided about him.Police sent to arrest him explained why they hadn’t brought him in ‘We’ve never heard anyone speak like this man’, and so it went on.
Who IS Jesus? Who is this man who says the things that only God has the right to say, who does things only God has the power to do? Who is he?
All men and women pass their opinions. Christian followers declare – ‘This is the Son of God’; ‘He is the express image of the invisible God’; ‘the Saviour of the world’; ‘the word made flesh’; the intelligence, ‘the wisdom and the power of Go’: the lowly one who is enthroned above all: the Messiah of the Jews: the mediator twixt heaven and earth: the total embodiment in human flesh and blood of the one invisible, almighty God, who is from all eternity – God. Who do you say he is? This is Paul’s understanding in Colossians 1:15-17 and 19.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or power or rulers or authorities;all things were created by him and for him.He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him”.

A Prayer:
Glory be to you, Lord Jesus, Messiah,for by your life and death, your resurrection and ascension, you have opened the Kingdom of God for all who trust you.

Now read Colossians 1: 13-29

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