Why Jesus should be at the centre

  • This was a short talk given by Jon the freelance theologian to the young people in a church in Cardiff, Wales. It was written in short bullet points and notes, which are reporduced here.

    Why Jesus should be at the centre…

    Jesus was there in creation and was the means by which the world was created

    Genesis chapter 1, verses 1-5
    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
    Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
    And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

    John chapter 1, verses 1-5
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
    Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

    So, we’re told that Jesus – as the Word – as part of the divine trinity wasn’t just present at the beginning of the world, but was instrumental in creation. That, in fact, without him nothing would be made.

    The creation story tells us that in the beginning God separated out ‘light from dark’, that he caused stuff to exist from nothing; that order and structure arose from chaos and the ‘void’ (the Latin word for nothing).

    Jesus is there in our redemption and is central to our salvation

    John chapter 1 verses 12-13
    Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

    Acts chapter 4, verse 12
    Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

    Ephesians chapter 1, verses 12-14
    in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

    Hebrews chapter 5, verses 7-9
    During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

    Actually the whole of history revolves around him because without him there would be no history

    – BC to AD – the difference ‘before Christ’ to being in the ‘year of our Lord’
    – before Christ there was no guarantee of resurrection
    – no way to truly get right with God
    – no way to gain forgiveness for your sins
    – the best you could hope for is that God was merciful
    – but now ‘in the year of our Lord’ you can have those guarantees
    – life eternal in the presence of God, a fully-renewed life, lived the way it is meant to be
    – life now in which you are right with God – blessed and loved by him as an inheritor of everything Heaven has for you – a child of God
    – the knowledge that your sins are forgiven
    – the sure knowledge that God accepts you

    Jesus is not just some 1st Century Jewish dude, but he’s also the Alpha & Omega, God Incarnate, the Creator who enters into his Creation

    Philippians chapter 2, verses 5-11
    Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
    Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
    but made himself nothing,
    taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
    And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    and became obedient to death—
    even death on a cross!
    Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
    that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

    John chapter 1, verse 14
    The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only,[d] who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

    Revelation chapter 1, verse 8
    “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

    The alternative to having Jesus at the centre is actually to have nothing because that’s the only alternative there is apart from God.

    After all, if Jesus is the reason the world exists then not centering our lives on him means we actively choose… what? To not exist.

    Is he at the centre of your life?

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