June 1, 2010

There's Something About That Name

I'm thinking about Jesus this morning. Here are a few verses about Him:
Colossians 1:15, 17
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together

Hebrews 1:3
The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.

John 1:14, 18
The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father full of grace and truth.
No one has seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made Him known.
Jesus is God, and he had no problem identifying himself that way when he "made his dwelling among us." He's other than anything we can imagine, and yet he walked in our shoes and endured life's temptations, so he could be our perfect Savior. It's all too lofty to comprehend, in many respects. Yet, we're asked to do is believe that it's true.

We don't have to do this blindly and without reason. We can look at Jesus - the radiance of God's glory, His exact representation, the image of the invisible God, the One and Only - at how he lived, died, and rose again, and see how He really does hold all things together. (Col 1:17) As we search the Scriptures, God gives us faith.

I'm sure there's a lot to unpack in the above verses. I'll leave the Word to speak for itself and let you read them in context, study commentaries, etc. My reflection is this: if what the Bible says about Jesus is true, we can find peace in Him alone - wherever we are, whatever we're enduring. God came down to live among us, gave us a chance to know Him better, and He is holding everything together and sustaining it. We need not fear; someone much, much greater is in charge.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
There's just something about that name
Master, Savior, Jesus
Like the fragrance after the rain
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Let all heaven and earth proclaim
Kings and kingdoms shall all pass away
But there's something about that name

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