May 26, 2017
“We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank, after rank after rank of angels — everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment.” Colossians 1:15-17 The Message
When you take your eyes off Jesus, the world starts spinning and eventually spins out of control. There is just no way you can hold life together .. find meaning and purpose .. and it sticks. You may go a long time, but without this Son holding you together .. holding everything together .. you’ll give up or create what isn’t true. Because you were created to find your starting point .. your purpose .. and the real substance of who you are in this Son. And just so you know how much you are worth, this same Son traded all of creation to get you back. There just isn’t any other way around it. God sold the Son .. who created everything .. for you! That’s not a bad starting point. And then He shaped your life with His purpose. This Son fills up the meaning of your life. That’s why if you take your eyes off of Him, everything starts falling and fading. When life doesn’t make sense, you can choose you for meaning or choose Christ, the Son, the Creation-trader. He is the only One who can truly hold you together. He’s doing it right now. He is the only One who can sort out the pieces of your life. He is the only One who can love you that completely .. all of you. Now about this Son and today … it only takes a moment.
“Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in! That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love! I’d sell of the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.” Isaiah 43:3-4 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Creation-Traded followers of Jesus the Son(firstname.lastname@example.org)