Think About It!
The Bible uses some pretty big language to talk about Jesus…Preeminent. Firstborn of creation. Humbled and exalted. What does it all mean? And, what difference does it make in our lives? Understanding who Jesus is makes all the difference in the world. In a world that’s constantly changing, uncertain, sometimes overwhelming, Jesus is hope and truth and love who doesn’t change. This weekend, join us for a new message series, as we embark together on a journey through Colossians into a whole new understanding of Jesus.
Talk About It!
1. Praise God and pray for each other
- Is there someone who makes you happy when you think about them? Why does thinking about them make you happy? When we know someone well and we love them, thinking about them calms us and makes us happy. When we get scared or upset, we need to think of Jesus. If we really want to understand Jesus, we need to praise God and pray for one another. Paul reminds us that when we choose to praise God, we actively remember who God is, no matter what’s going on around us.
- Have you ever been somewhere so big and so amazing that you felt like you could never explore the whole place? That’s what it’s like getting to know God! He is bigger than we can even imagine, and our job is to spend our whole life exploring who God is and what he has done. Every situation offers us the opportunity to learn more about him.
- When you pray for other people, who do you pray for? What do you pray for them? Sometimes it’s hard to know what to pray for others. When you pray for your family or friends, you can pray what Paul prayed for his friends: that they would be filled with the Holy Spirit and that they would grow in faith, hope, and love.
2. Seek to be filled and fully pleasing
- Does the way you live your life make God smile? We are meant to live lives that make God smile. The Bible calls that “holiness.” It means that we love God so much that we try to be more like him every day. We love what he loves and we walk away from what makes him sad.
- Have you ever used sunglasses or binoculars? What looked different when you were wearing them? When we ask Jesus to be in charge of our life, he starts to show us the world the way that he sees it. It’s like Jesus has a special pair of glasses that show us the world in a brand new way! You can ask to see the world that way, any time, just pray for God to show you what he sees.
- (Hey Parents! Here’s a great activity for you to do with your kids. Take a cup and place in a sink or in the bathtub. Fill the glass about ¾ of the way with water and ask your kids if the glass is full of water. Talk about salvation. When we are saved, God comes and filled us, and his Spirit is inside of us. Then talk about times when the Holy Spirit prays through us or works in us. This time, let the glass overflow into the sink.) If we have asked Jesus into our heart, the Holy Spirit lives inside of us, just like that glass of water. But our relationship with Jesus doesn’t stop there! Every day we can pray to be filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit. When we do that, the words and actions of Jesus spill out of us, and the world will see what he is like.
3. See Jesus clearly
Why do we need Jesus to save us? The Bible tells us that none of us are perfect and all of us have broken our relationship with God. Jesus came to heal that relationship. He wants us to be at peace with God. So he took the punishment that we deserved. This is what Communion is all about.
How did Jesus save us? Jesus saved us by becoming a human like us. He came down and lived a perfect life. Only a perfect person could pay for our sin, and Jesus is the only perfect person who has ever lived. He died on the cross to save us from the punishment for our sin, even though he didn’t do anything wrong. Because he did this, we can ask for God’s forgiveness and be free of our sin.
Do you know what “preeminent” means? “Preeminent” means “better than everything else.” Jesus existed before any person. He lived a more perfect life than any person. He is more powerful than any person. When we say he is preeminent, we are saying that Jesus is God, that he is in charge, and that he is in control.
Optional Follow-up Questions:
- What makes you say that?
- What makes you say that?
- How does that make you feel?
- How would you explain this to someone who doesn’t know Jesus?
- Why do you think God did it that way?
- Why should we do the things that God tells us?