Ya know the refresh button at the top of your web browser? Have you ever wanted to use that on a day, year, or relationship? What if you could do that at times in your life? What would you refresh?
Better, yet, what do we need to refresh or redo? Many of us have made mistakes, but I think we can see how God has shaped us through them. But one sad mistake that we often has is a belittled Jesus.
I ran across this thought as I was writing lessons for my speaking engagement that is coming up. For one of the nights I am going to be speaking on Jesus: The Mighty Deliverer. And one of the aspects of Jesus that we often forget is just how mighty He truly is.
Here is an excerpt from my lesson:
How many of you have been outside of California? Ok.. Ok.. How many of you have been to Texas then? Well, I was born in Texas. It is a massive state with millions of people, but unfortunately, it only has one natural lake. All but one of the lakes there is manmade. They are all muddy, and very limited. But as a young child, I didn’t know much better and thought they were alright. Then, when I was seven, my family moved to Michigan. Anyone here been to Michigan? What is Michigan known for? You can never be more than 85 miles away from one of the Great Lakes. Michigan is full of lakes, and is surrounded by enormous lakes. And when I went to a Great lake for the first time, I was amazed, and still am, by the sheer size. You cannot see across it, and they even have tides and waves! To a young kid, I figured it was practically an ocean!
Now, the Lake Michigan is 22,300 miles2 and the largest by volume Lake Superior at 2,900 cubic miles. Compared this to Caddo lake in Texas at 36.7 miles square.
But wait, what is 2 Hrs West of us? The Pacific Ocean. Roughly it is 63.8 million miles2 and has an estimated 680 million cubic miles.
When we think about Jesus Christ as our deliverer, typically we have a view of Him that is like my view of the lakes in Texas when I lived there. We go, “oh, this will do for fishing and swimming and camping.” Occasionally, we will get a glimpse of Him and it will be like when I moved to Michigan and saw Lake Michigan for the first time! Let’s read Colossians 1:15-20 and see just how much more mighty and awesome our Deliverer is.
Col 1:15-20 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (16) For by Him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether they are kings, lords, rulers, or powers. All things have been created through Him and for Him. (17) He himself existed before anything else did, and He holds all things together. (18) He is also the head of the body, which is the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He himself might have first place in everything. (19) For God was pleased to have all of his divine essence inhabit Him. (20) Through the Son, God also reconciled all things to Himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, thereby making peace through the blood of His cross.
Jesus doesn’t just deliver us. He is the Mighty Deliverer. He is incomparably greater than we can imagine. Let’s start following Him like He deserves.