Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Center of AttentionCenter of Attention. It is Holy Week, the week I am especially reminded of Jesus' death and resurrection. It is sobering, gruesome, significant and joyous all at the same time. My church is performing a dramatic play which is so vivid, it makes my remembering more acute. The two things that stick with me about Jesus compared to other 'God-options' is that Jesus is the only one that both sacrificed himself for me and raised himself from the dead. Through his sacrifice, my sin (past, present and future) is dealt with and because of His resurrection I can have new life in Him.
The following passage from Colossians proclaims Jesus' unique standing. Others can try to take the spotlight away from him, but in the end, only He will remain. Anyone with awareness of the historic events of that week—what the trials were like, what flogging actually is, how crucifixion works, how beaten Jesus was before they nailed him to that cross—will realize that the cost of humankind's salvation was great. My response can be nothing short of making Jesus my Center of Attention. Amen to that! :)
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him
all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him....he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 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.
~To God Be The Glory~