He's enough

Last Sunday at Venture, I preached on the need for us to fix our eyes firmly on Jesus if we’re to move in God’s vision. Our Christianese language loves phrases like, “Jesus is all,” “Jesus is everything,” and “Jesus is all sufficient.” But how intently do we focus on the reality of these statements? How fully do we understand them? How fully do they define our lives? To give full justice to this reality would take far more than a blog post can handle, and I’m certain my words could never suffice. But there is one particular facet of this truth catching my attention tonight.

If Jesus is all-sufficient, surely he must be a big part of God’s overall plan for creation. We know he is, yet I think we’re sometimes guilty of relegating Jesus to merely God’s reaction to humanity’s lostness. We approach our theology as if God created us, then a few thousand years later decided we were too screwed up to save ourselves and so intervened by sending Jesus to redeem humanity. The Bible doesn’t support this idea, and as long as we’re given over to it to the slightest degree, we can’t realize the full weight of Jesus’ all-sufficiency.

Reading through the Bible, we get hints of God’s plan to redeem humanity as early as Genesis 3:15 where God tells the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” This can only refer to Jesus. So in the very moments that followed man’s fall into sin from the peace of God, Jehovah mentions his plan to save us.

But if we read the Bible chronologically, there is an even earlier passage that points directly to Jesus. John begins his Gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. Through him all things were made, and without him nothing was made that has been made.” The Word here, capitalized to indicate a proper noun, being a person, is Jesus. It’s from the Greek word logos, meaning a divine argument or reason, but used by John as a representation of Jesus. The the Bible says that God the Father and God the Son were together at creation. From the beginning, Jesus was the centerpoint of God’s plan for creation. Knowing we would falter, God intended our redemption through Christ from the beginning.

So as we turn our eyes firmly to Jesus as the pioneer and perfecter of our faith this year, consider the inseparable centrality of Jesus to God’s plan. He created us knowing we’d fall, but before he created us (in the beginning, as John says) Jesus was there. All the fullness of God in bodily form (Colossians 2:9) was active with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit in creating us. The person of Jesus is not just part of God’s plan for humanity, he is the author and finisher of it. He is the answer to our sin and sinful nature, the answer to every ailment that afflicts this world and its inhabitants, the solution to the great problem of evil before evil ever was tasted by God’s prized creation. Jesus’ centrality to God’s intention for humanity transcends salvation, though salvation is a mighty feat and rich blessing in itself. Jesus is also our sanctifier, setting us apart from sin and unto God; our healer, delivering us from every effect of sinl; and our coming king.

He's enough. Let’s look to him.

-Pastor Eric