Getting It | John 3.35-36
The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:35-36 | ESV
The narrator continues:
And just in case you’re wondering Who I’m talking about – the One from above, the One with the wide angle view? It’s the Son, and the Father loves the Son. The Father holds nothing back from the Son – full disclosure, full authority, right there in his hands. The one who gets this, who trusts him, has it all – life to the max forever! But the one who turns a deaf ear to the Son misses everything, misses life and ends up under a dark cloud of divine judgment that won’t go away. MAV (Mike’s Authorized Version)
Listening to John’s mini-monologue about the Son and how he excels all other comers, takes me to what we often call the “Christ-hymn” of Paul in his letter to the Colossians. Pausing for a few moments and reflecting on the meaning and flow of that him would be a fitting way to conclude this week’s reflections on this final Baptist scene:
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. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body. He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross. You yourselves are a case study of what he does. At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got. But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. You don’t walk away from a gift like that! You stay grounded and steady in that bond of trust, constantly tuned in to the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted. There is no other Message—just this one. Every creature under heaven gets this same Message. I, Paul, am a messenger of this Message. Colossians 1:18-23 | Message Bible
We’ve heard from John (both of them) and now Paul; compose your own “ode” to Jesus. Who is Christ to you? How would you describe him?
Lord, let my heart be seized with a fresh vision of you! Let my soul be gripped, my mind captivated, my spirit freed through a fresh encounter with you. Loose my tongue to sing and speak, and my feet to enter the kingdom dance with you. Through your Spirit.
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