Think About It!
God never saves us for isolation––he saves us for community. In a world divided along every line imaginable, Jesus is truly unique. He brings together people from wildly different cultures, backgrounds, languages and ethnicities to form a relational network called the church, God’s family, the body of Christ. It means none of us is ever truly alone, and we have a good and loving leader we can look to for guidance no matter what’s going on.
Talk About It!
1. Jesus’ work is finished
- Who is Jesus? Paul wrote this letter to his friends, the Colossians, because he was concerned that they didn’t understand who Jesus really was. That’s why, at the beginning of the letter, he describes Jesus as who he really is: the Son of God. That means a lot of things, but one of the most important is that it means Jesus is in charge of his church.
- What did Jesus do for us? Jesus came to earth and became a human just like us, except he never made any mistakes. He paid for our sins because we would never be able to and he came back from the dead because he is more powerful than death or sin.
- Is that enough to get us into Heaven? The answer is yes! What Jesus did is the most powerful act that anyone could ever do. We can’t add to it by doing good things. All we can do is accept the gift that Jesus gave us: a relationship with him. When we realize how much he loves us, it makes us want to do good things.
2. Jesus is the head of the body
- Have you ever heard someone say things about Jesus that aren’t true? When someone says something about Jesus that isn’t true, it’s called a “heresy.” When people tell lies about Jesus, the world starts to misunderstand who he is. Paul didn’t want that to happen to his friends, so he reminds them that Jesus is one God––he’s THE God!––and he is the only one we should worship.
- Lots of people might believe that Jesus exists, but they’re not willing to let him be in charge of their lives. Have you ever felt that way? Jesus is God. That means he is in charge of everything. But Jesus is also kind. He wants us to invite him to be in charge of our lives. Every day, we need to look at our lives and ask ourselves if we’re still letting Jesus be in charge.
- What things help us to continue giving Jesus control in our lives? When we understand how much Jesus loves us, it’s easier to let him be in control. All the things that he wants to do in our lives are to help and not to harm us, and even the hard things that happen, he will turn around and use for good! He is able to make anything beautiful if we let him be in charge.
3. Leave legalism behind
- How can we know who Jesus really is? We learn who Jesus is through reading the Bible and seeing him work through other people who love him. When we heard the stories of what Jesus did a long time ago and we see the things that he is doing today, we will know him better and better.
- Are you doing those things? If you don’t read your Bible (either by yourself or with your family), you should start! Pick a time of day when you can go and be with God. You can talk to him, if you can read, read your Bible, and let him teach you who he is.
- If we really believed in who Jesus is and let him be in charge, how would our lives look different? If we really believed in who Jesus says he is, our lives would look so different! We would never have to worry, never have to be afraid. We would be more joyful, more loving, and braver than we’ve ever been before!
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?