I Like choices. I think one of the reasons I like to get on places like Amazon to look for something that I think I need is that you will be able to see 8,000,000 choices for you to look at and decide which is the best for you. I certainly remember times when I would go into a store and asked for some product that would accomplish some project I was trying to do and get an answer that went something like, “Well, there is really only one product in the world that will accomplish that purpose and we don’t have it in stock. We can order it for you but it generally takes a month or so for us to get one in.” Thank the Lord that day is past and now you can get on the internet, look up what kind of tools you need to a job, go to you-Tube and see someone do it step by step warning you of every mistake that you might make and tell you exactly what you need to get the job done. What an amazing time!
But, there are still things in life where there is just one right choice and if you try to go some other way you will go far afield in what you wish to accomplish and likely look back with deep regret for the massive mistake you made in your life. We live in a day where there is a different form of religion and different hero or person claiming to be the Messiah or Savior for man everywhere you look. It might be tempting for people to go searching through all the different offers and look for someone other than Jesus that could really bring us joy, fulfillment, love, and redemption. But there are things in life for which there are only false choices and to go in that direction is to make a tragic mistake in your life and leave behind the very one that could have changed everything in your life for the better way. When you follow him it will never lead to a desire to destroy your enemies, kill those who differ from you and become terrorist in the world.
In Colossians 1:28-29 Paul was concluding a great chapter on the greatness of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, the one in whom we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins. Then he said, “He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end, I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so Powerfully works in me.” There were plenty of people in Paul’s day he could have preached to the people. The whole world seemed to be turning to Caesar and referring to him as “Lord, God Caesar.” He had certainly shown all the military might of the day and conquered his enemies. Jesus on the other had been crucified by the Roman authorities on a cross outside Jerusalem. Yet the power of Caesar was meager compared to Jesus. Jesus was the one who had brought the whole world into being. Without him, nothing was made that was made. In him dwelt all the fullness of deity in bodily form (Colossians 2:9). He not only was creator, but he also holds up or sustains everything by the word of his power. Peter declared in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which you must be saved.”
Finding a substitute Savior who can truly take away the sins of the world and offer us new life in him is a useless endeavor. He is the only Lord and only Savior of the world who paid the price for our sins on the cross and then was raised from the dead with power over death, hell and the grave. He was raised up from this life to ascend back to the Father where he would begin to reign on David’s throne at the right hand of God. He ever lives to make intercession for us. You’ve never even heard of sin so big or bad that Jesus can’t forgive it and take it completely away to give us not only forgiveness in him but the fullness of life in him.
No wonder Paul shouted to he Colossian Christians, “He is the one we proclaim.” He is the only one worth proclaiming to the world. He is the only one with the answers to the world’s problems that can change everything to the good. Notice that tied closely to proclaiming Jesus was admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.”
Wouldn’t it be great to see people all around us grow up and become mature in their faith and commitment to God? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we lived in a way that people could actually see the good effect Jesus was having in our lives every day.?
Listen, I know we need to talk about things like having wonderful homes and bringing up godly children for the Lord. I know we need lessons on having a great church that makes a huge difference for good in the world. We need to talk about the end of life and eternity. But we need to talk most about Jesus Christ and his developing in us what He longs for us to be. The more we look like Him and the more our focus is on him the more will be drawn to know and follow him.