Jesus Christ - The Leading Role


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You search the Scriptures because you think they give

you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!

- John 5:39

In the beginning,

when the Father spoke, the Word was God and the Word was with God.

In him was Life, and that Life was the Light of men.

Two chapters later when the tempter’s snare

encircled the foot of man,

His Name

echoed as

their shame

was covered.

A curse spoken and yet a Promise foretold.

When Sarah’s laugh was turned to a son,

When Jericho fell and a battle was won,

When Hosea pursued in the face of

rejection

Every moment whispered His Name.

Then on the scene

one holy night He came

the Light of Life

the Light of men

Became a man, took on our sin,

defeated death, and rose again

That every tongue confess His name

and broken lives be freed from shame.

In God’s Great Story of redemption, revealed to us in the Bible, there’s a lead role, and it’s Jesus.

In the Old Testament, the stories demonstrate God’s relationship to His people in the “old covenant,” when the only way for a broken humanity to draw near to God after the fall in Genesis 3 was through sacrifices and adherence to God’s law.

Over and over, God’s people would fail in this pursuit. They’d turn from Him, rebel, resist. Yet He pursued them faithfully all along.

We see in the time of the Law how “no one is righteous, no not one” (Ecclesiastes 7:20) - that we couldn’t fix our broken relationship with God on our own. And yet, in each story as we failed, the coming Promise of God was foreshadowed, prophesied, alluded to, or otherwise.

God had a plan for ultimate redemption and restoration through a coming Messiah, or Savior of the world. That plan culminated in Jesus Christ - the Son of God, fully God and fully man - who came from the line of God’s chosen people, to live a perfect life on earth, die a death sinful humanity deserved, and raise again, defeating sin, death, and its power over us.

As Jesus says Himself, “All the Scriptures point to [Him]!” (John 5:39 above). In Him all the mysteries of God are revealed and in Him is eternal life with God (Colossians 1:26-27).

God’s Great Story? It’s all about Him. And Jesus is the way we get to be a part, when we put our faith in His finished work for us. Will you live with Him at the center of everything, where He belongs? Will you let Jesus be the star of your story?

“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.”

- Colossians 1:15-17

Reflection

1. Do you live as if Jesus is the star of your life’s show, giving Him His proper role as “before anything else,” as it says in Colossians 1? If not, what might be getting in the way?

2. Here’s a challenge for this week. Find a passage in the Old Testament that you’ve read before, and look for the ways it points to Jesus.

Prayer

God, thank You so much for how intricately You’ve written Your story, and thank You for making a way for us to be a part of it through faith in Jesus. Thank You for giving us Your Word so that we can know who we are, our need for You, and how to live for You once we become a part of Your family. Help me to live in a way that acknowledges Jesus’ fame and glorifies His Name above all names. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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