“When preached purely, His Word exalts, frightens, shocks and forces us to reassess our whole life. The gospel breaks our train of thought, shatters our comfortable piety, and cracks open our capsule truths. The flashing spirit of Jesus Christ breaks new paths everywhere. His sentences stand like quivering swords of flame because He did not come to bring peace, but revolution. the gospel is not a children’s fairy tale, but rather a cutting-edge, rolling thunder, convulsive earthquke in the world of the human spirit.”
Brennan Manning, The Furious Longing of God
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything.
For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
These words from Manning and Colossians stir up a fire in my heart. I hope they do the same for you. We have so much more to live for and we have the power of Christ behind us. If we really take hold of these truths nothing can stop the glory God can produce with our lives.
The power of God lived out through Christ to include us in eternity…earth shattering! This is not a child’s fairly tale. It is the only story that matters.
To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.