How BIG is Your Jesus?

For He has rescued us and has drawn us to Himself from the dominion of darkness, and has transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption [because of His sacrifice, resulting in the forgiveness of our sins [and the cancellation of sin’s penalty]. Col. 1:13, 14. AMP

He is mighty BiG.

It is the blood of Jesus that broke Satan’s hold over us – granting us amnesty from our old worldly selves, and it ushers us into Christ’s kingdom.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Col. 1:15 – 17. NKJV

Jesus is the animated essence of God, drawn into existence before time or space began, to become God’s creative force for the entire universe – both material and spiritual. All things were made for Jesus, He has dominion over them and their very existence is dependent upon Him.

And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, that in all things He may have preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. Col. 1:18 – 20. NKJV

(There were others who were raised from the dead, by the Old Testament prophets and by Jesus Himself, but they all eventually went on to die again. Jesus was the first to be resurrected to eternal life.)

Jesus is the centerpiece and the ultimate authority of the church. He is the reflection of the will of God, and the instrument of our reconciliation with our Creator. Our BIG Jesus is still at work today – cleansing us to make ourselves presentable before God. Our part is to remain in faith:

And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight – if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard… Col. 1:21 – 23. NKJV

It is imperative as God’s children, to convey to as many as we can, the bigness of our Savior and His salvation – because there is no salvation at the end of time for those who hear our message and reject it.

As for ourselves, we must walk as Christ walked to the best of our ability and turn aside from the lies in the world:

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith… Col. 2:6, 7. NKJV

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. Col. 2:8 ESV

We can do this by keeping our focus on His bigness, and He in turn, passes some of that to our spirit:

For in Him all the fullness of Deity (the Godhead) dwells in bodily form [completely expressing the divine essence of God]. And in Him you have been made complete [achieving spiritual stature through Christ], and He is the head of all rule and authority [of every angelic and earthly power]. Col. 2:9, 10. AMP

Therefore if you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, sharing in His resurrection from the dead], keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Col. 3:1 AMP

For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you will also appear with him in glory. Col. 3:3, 4. ESV

So, walk BIG for your BIG Jesus. You are the expert on God and His salvation through Christ. You are a facilitator of God’s salvation – a purveyor of His word. Express the BIGNESS…

Goodnight and God Bless.

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Reconciliation in Christ

For it pleased the Father that in Him all fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him…having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight – if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel… Col. 1:19 – 23. NKJV

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Cor. 5:18, 19. NKJV

Reconcile: ‘to restore friendly relations; to cause to coexist in harmony; to settle a disagreement.’

Human beings left on their own, have been horrific failures with regards to successful reconciliation. Presently, we need look no further than to our latest presidential election and the illogical, violent and destructive responses from the losers of that contest.

Being a Bible teacher, I take on that ‘ministry of reconciliation’ with reverence and sincerity. So I really want to understand how this kind of riotous rebellion can be fomented. I can almost always turn to the Huffington Post to gain insight as to the roots of liberal discontent. Not to be disappointed, I happened upon an article by a frequent commentator named Jonathan Walton, founder of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, which he states is primarily involved with making sure the planet and its people are not ‘exploited.’ The title of his article was Jesus Is King And I’m So Scared. I couldn’t really get what point he was trying to drive home, so I read other articles authored by him as well, e.g. Jesus, Can I Buy An AR-15 If Trump Becomes President? and White Supremacy And My Black and Asian Daughter.

Mr. Walton is an African-American. The only reason I bring that up is that he appears to be so possessed by his perception of the evil nature of those who suffer from a far greater lack of melanin.

Returning to the first article cited, Mr. Walton begins by expressing his abject fear over the triumph of President-elect Trump. And God bless him, he has every right to express himself in any way he sees fit. He claims that every brand of non-white, non-Christian and non-U.S. citizens’ very lives are in mortal danger by those infected with “White-washed, evangelical, western ‘gospel’ braided with American exceptionalism.”

Add to that an ‘indifferent government,’ and a ‘blonde blue-eyed Jesus – indifferent to the plight of women afraid to wear a hijab because some white guy will set them on fire. The author also states that Jesus is pro-life but His followers are homophobic, xenophobic, capitalistic and turn blind eyes and deaf ears to everyone else’s travails. Why? Because, he says, that they only pose as Christ’s followers.

Maybe I’m confused, but this surely sounds like ‘hate speech’ to me.

Finally, Mr. Walton says that the Kingdom of God and the U.S. are not the same thing. Okay. I agree with that, but what’s his point? He ends his tirade with a request to those that he deems to really know what Jesus is about, to pray for reconciliation. That’s kind of hard to swallow after he’s just incited them all to riot and kill the pale face.

If you have been following the news, you’ve seen the post-election riots by the paid-for instigators and the programmed students. Nobody on the other side of the ideological fence acted in this criminal fashion after Obama’s election victories. Methinks our protestors (‘brown shirt thugs’) are demonstrating severe hypocrisy.

The students are the biggest disappointments. It shows the utter failure of our government-controlled so-called learning centers to educate beyond a unidimensional agenda that tramples upon and denies any truths besides their own. We don’t have free thinkers anymore who can critically evaluate an issue.

Puppies and PlayDough in ‘safe spaces’ where new ideas are not allowed to germinate, are not the answer, and it only propagates their embarrassing temper tantrums.

But how could they be different? They’ve been taught (starting with the executive branch who is the ‘Divider-in-Chief’) for almost two decades that anyone in opposition to their ‘plan’ is racist and that it is their duty to do their best to demonize their ‘opponents.’ Some message to imprint upon our children.

Suck it up. I believe the majority of people wanted our present president to succeed. Unfortunately, he didn’t. It was never a race thing. It was his ego thing – the ‘my way or the highway’ thing.

We change horses every four or eight years in this country. That’s what makes a democracy great. If you don’t like it, you’ll get another chance. In the meantime, why don’t we all look out for one another, make the best of it, (President-elect Trump did win fair and square after all), and reach across the aisle and reconcile…

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Rom. 12:18 ESV

And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. Mk. 3:25 NKJV

Goodnight and God bless.