Today’s Reading: Colossians 1:1-17
A theological college in the United States invited to their annual conference, a renowned professor as their guest lecturer. He spoke for two and one-half hours “proving” that the resurrection of Jesus never happened. Quoting scholar after scholar and book after book, he concluded that since there was no such thing as the historical resurrection, the religious tradition of the church was groundless, because it was based on a relationship with a risen Jesus, who, in fact, never rose from the dead in any literal sense. After this verbal dissertation, he moved back from the lectern and asked if there were any questions.
After about 30 seconds, an elderly preacher stood up in the back of the auditorium.”Doctor Professor, I have one question”, he said as all eyes turned toward him. He reached into his sack lunch and pulled out an apple and began eating it. CRUNCH, “My question is a simple question”, ….CRUNCH, … “Now, I have never read those books you’ve read”…CRUNCH,… “And I can’t recite the Scriptures in the original Greek”…CRUNCH,… “I know nothing about Nie-buhr and Hei-deg-ger”….CRUNCH, …He finished the apple. ” All I want to know is: This apple I just ate—was it bitter or was it sweet?”
The professor paused for a moment and answered in an exemplary scholarly fashion: “I cannot possibly answer that question, for I haven’t tasted your apple”.
The elderly preacher dropped the core of his apple into his crumpled paper bag, looked up at the professor and said calmly, “Neither have you tasted my Jesus.”
Who is Jesus to you? In our passage this morning, Paul answers that question for the church at Colosse.
Let read again some verse from the message: 15-18 We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.
18-20 He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.