7.26.13 "God with Skin On!"

Sit back and enjoy this awesome scripture!

Colossians 1:15-20 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

This text is a real celebration of Jesus as truly “God in the flesh”!  The statement “God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him” powerfully directs our attention to Jesus when seeking answers about God and how He works.

God can be confusing!  God’s word and all the stories recorded there can be overwhelming.  The good news is that God has not left us on our own in trying to understand Him and how He works.  He has come to us in Jesus.  Jesus is God – with skin on.  Jesus is our starting point when getting a grip on the things of God.  He is fully God revealed to all of us in a walking, talking, sleeping, working, laughing, loving human being.  When I see Jesus leading His disciples to greater understanding of who God is and how He works, sometimes gently sometimes sternly, I sense He is leading me to that same divine understanding.

What difference does this make?

Quickly let me tell you one way this reality makes a difference for me.  Jesus has revealed to me that God is really a very accessible, very available, very wise, very resourceful and very GOOD Father in Heaven.  Jesus teaches me to approach God that way, pray that way, live that way.  This is very practical and it is more than good advice from a wise man.  It is truth from God himself.  This reality refreshingly alters the way I live today – more peace, more hope, less anxiety, less fear.

That is just one way the reality that Jesus is God with skin on changes my life.

Thanks for listening.  What about you?  How does this reality affect your life?