Our pastor recently finished up a series on following Jesus. His last sermon came from Colossians 1:12-23, written by the apostle Paul in the first century. He used a passage in chapter one that covered part of Paul’s prayer of thanksgiving as well as his assertion of the sole supremacy of Christ as “the” God in a world of pretend gods. He highlighted words or phrases mentioned like kingdom of light, dominion of darkness, kingdom of His Son, forgiveness of sins, and supremacy.
Jesus was shown by Paul to be the one true King that alone can offer the forgiveness and wholeness each of us needs. He alone has the authority to offer us eternal life. He alone rose from the dead on the third day, authenticating His Lordship and claim to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Jesus fulfilled the Messianic prophecy that Isaiah described in chapter 52 and 53 of his writing. Jesus promised in Matthew 11:28-30 to be the One who anyone could come to if they were weary, beaten down, and needed rest.
Why would you not want to know and follow such a King?
Paul wrote to the Colossians to emphasize proper doctrine in chapters one and two, and appropriate application of said teachings in chapters three and four. Paul described Jesus’s character and glory by presenting Him as the image of the invisible God (chapter 1:15). Then he added Jesus is the fullness of deity in bodily form (2:9), the Creator of all things (1:16-17), the head of the church (1:18), and the source of our salvation (1:14, 20-22). Paul argued for men and women to be grounded in the complete sufficiency of Jesus as the only way to experience the wholeness and flourishing God intends for each of us.
As I heard my pastor declare the truths about Jesus from Paul’s writing in Colossians, I started jotting down some prayers and declarations from the passage. Some examples:
- Help me, Father, to be thankful to you for qualifying me to be in your Kingdom (v 12).
- Thank you for rescuing me from the dominion of darkness and bringing me into the Kingdom of the Son you love (v 13).
- I am grateful that I have been redeemed in Christ, and been forgiven of my sins, by putting my faith, hope, and trust in King Jesus (v 14).
- I pray that you will have preeminence in my life as the supreme One (v 18).
- Thanks for reconciling me to yourself, Father; May you make my faith strong, stable, and centered on the truth and hope of the gospel (v 22-23).
If you read this and are currently in the dominion of darkness, I have good news. Jesus knows and is the way out. Put your faith, hope, and trust in the One who purchased your forgiveness by His death on a cross.
If you read this and are in the kingdom of light, be grateful for your life and identity “in Christ.” Give thanks to God, walk in a way that honors Him as your King, and lean on His strength to bear fruit each and every day. Grow devotionally. Use the 5 prayers I wrote down in church as a start to write down more prayers and action steps from your study of Colossians. Why would you not want to know and follow such a King?
Love is a verb,
©2016 by Mike Olejarz