Read Colossians 1:1-14
“God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating” (Col. 1:13-14, MSG).
If you’re reading this on the same day it goes live, then you know that in seven days, Christians all over the world will celebrate the day Jesus Christ rose from the grave. We call it Easter, Resurrection Day. It was the day God trampled death and conquered fear and shame and sin. The day He secured our freedom from “dead end alleys and dark dungeons.”
It is, in my opinion, the best day of the year!
I would venture to say the Apostle Paul held the same opinion. After all, the resurrection of Jesus Christ was the focal point of who Paul was and everything he did once Jesus stopped him in his tracks and turned his life around that day on Damascus Avenue.
This week we will turn our reading to the letter Paul wrote to Christ-followers in Colosse. He wrote the letter from Rome, where he was under house arrest, in order to encourage the church there to remain true to Jesus Christ as the supreme and sufficient Lord over all.
Led by the Holy Spirit, Paul wrote the words that constitute this twelfth book of the New Testament to remind the Colossians of the superiority and absolute goodness of Jesus Christ.
You see, the church in Colosse had been dealing with a false teaching. They had started to lose sight of the truth about Jesus.
Perhaps there is no better way to enter into the week before Easter than to meditate on this truth as well. Jesus Christ is the One true God. He is the One true Lord of all, Supreme King over all. Faith in Him is the only way to have real and true life. He is the One true deliverer, the only way out of the pit that is living stuck in the muck of trying to be good enough but always falling short.
Do you believe this about Jesus? Or have you, like some of the believers in Colosse, become distracted by un-truth that tells you otherwise? May I present a challenge? Might I challenge you to enter full-fledged into the study of God’s truth this week? Ask Him to show you who He is through His Word. Then get ready to celebrate life in Him!
It’s gonna’ be a great week!