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the fullness of God—in Jesus!

In the middle of this quite amazing description of Jesus, comes a statement that is mind-blowing…

Spendor painting by Sue Kemnitz

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created…  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, … the beginning, … And in everything preeminent [meaning paramount rank, dignity and importance]. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell in him, … and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood.” Col. 1:15-19

All (meaning … all!) the fullness of God was pleased to dwell in Jesus. The fullness of God, in a human being. Can we even fathom the fullness of God. Easy answer. “No.” Jesus, spotless, the Father resting in You. Not parts, but all the fullness of God. That blows me away. All of the goodness, the desires of, the creativity, and the power of the Father, rests in Jesus! (Amongst over a million trillion other traits, I’m quite sure.)

All the goodness – is it any wonder that we are so in love with Jesus? Think of the extreme kindness and patience and gentleness and love that’s in Him. All the goodness of our Father.

The desires of…. What is the desire of the Father? To walk and talk with us. To be with us. Can it be so simple? Yes! Regardless of the Eve’s bite of the apple, Gods everlasting, eternal, desire is to have an everlasting, eternal relationship with us.

The creativity. Think of God at his art table, but after He says the word, and before He can even put it on papyrus, it’s done. (Do it Lord in my work!)

And the power. All power is His. The power to birth or to destroy. The power to bring into being out of nothing. The power that transforms: trees grow, flowers bloom, puppies turn into dogs, and children become worshipers and worshiping adults. We can help it to happen, but we can’t make it happen. The power to open and close. The power to free.

The fullness of God dwells in Jesus. Our Jesus, our Lord and Savior. He just keeps getting better—in our hearts and on us.

Take it a step further. Let Jesus dwell (live in and linger according to Mr. Webster) in our heart. And then the Father also dwells in our heart. Let that settle in our Spirit. It’s true!

My favorite time this week was when I asked the Lord to reveal an aspect of His character for that day and He showed me Joy. Cartwheels, giggly, jump-in-the-puddles type of Joy. So good. So good to remember. Joy that is strength to hold on to the end of the rope, knowing that God’s tied the knot on the end so we can.

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Sue
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Spendor painting by Sue Kemnitz
Splendor

His majesty

“O God, my God, how majestic is your name in all the earth.
You have set your glory above the heavens.”
(Psalm 8:1)

Jessica Cliff by contemporary artist Sue Kemnitz

I’ve been reading and re-reading Psalm 8. In the morning, before I go to sleep, and in the middle of the night sometimes. His majesty surrounds us. Take a minute to soak it in.

There are several things I picked up as I examined these beginning verses in the cheater notes in the back of my Bible. The word majesty originally comes from a word whose meaning includes, “expand.” Now – that’s the perfect picture of God. His Word, His thoughts, His goodness, on and on, forever. Even the universe expanding, which science has found to be true.

One of the descriptions of majesty, as it pertains to Psalm 8, is the breakers of the sea. Think of the sea, the Atlantic, or the Pacific, or my favorite sea, Lake Superior. The waves crash to the shore.

  • They don’t hold back.
  • There is a constancy in the movement. The size and shape may alter, but there is always movement.
  • If the shore is not deeply rooted, it will erode.

My mind turned to the little crabs that run from the waves. Have you ever seen them? The waves come in and they either run for higher ground or dig into the sand. They’re pretty funny.

Compare that to the surfers. Pastor Dave Housholder comes to mind. He is one who runs towards the water, towards the waves and the challenge. All the time! In another day and age, Hous would be one of David’s mighty men.

How can we be people who run towards His majesty?

  1. Soak. I think that’s the easiest and hardest thing. I heard Shaun Bolz (expression58.org) a while back and he suggested we just sit and meditate on Jesus. Think of one aspect of His character, or His goodness, or even His majesty. Let Him wash over you again and again. Be refreshed and renewed and set your sights on Him above. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. Every day is a good day to soak in the Lord!
  2. Praise. We were in Milwaukee this past weekend. It is dry and more dry there. We never know the whys. And yet I couldn’t help but wonder if their battle about their state leader, Walker, had an effect on their land. The intense attack on leadership, the grumbling, the complaining. I spent time apologizing to the Lord. Every day is a good day to praise the Lord.
  3. Thanksgiving. Always. In everything. Regardless! Every day is a good day to thank the Lord.
  4. Say, “Yes.” Stealing a snippet from Bill Johnson’s message yesterday, at the end of our life, we want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servants.” Do something! Every day is a good day to say “Yes.”

Spend a little time reflecting on His majesty. Truly, we can’t live, really live, without it. And then – go surfing!

Question: Which do you want to be? A crab, or one who rides His wave?

Sue
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Jessica Cliff by contemporary artist Sue Kemnitz

This painting was done as a Christmas present / housewarming present for my daughter, Jessica. The Lord gave me the picture, just for her. It’s one of my favs!