Colossians 3:11b — …Christ is all, and is in all.
By Randy Alcorn, September 4, 2020, at: http://www.epm.org
I’m excited about the release of my new book It’s All About Jesus: A Treasury of Insights on Our Savior, Lord, and Friend. It’s a collection of quotations that is biblical, theological, emotional, personal, worshipful, and insightful. My hope is that readers will behold a full, beautiful, deep, profound, meaningful, and inspirational picture of the true Jesus, seen through the eyes of the biblical writers and hundreds of people throughout history. It’s All About Jesus is available in print from retailers, including EPM’s online store. It’s also available on Kindle.
Here is a sample from part one of the book, “The Nature and Attributes of Jesus.”
Christ’s Multifaceted Character
Colossians 2:3 — In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Isaiah 11:2 — The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
Most men are notable for one conspicuous virtue or grace. Moses for meekness, Job for patience, John for love. But in Jesus you find everything.
–J. Oswald Sanders
Jesus Christ is tender without being weak, strong without being coarse, lowly without being servile. He has conviction without intolerance, enthusiasm without fanaticism, holiness without Pharisaism, passion without prejudice… His life was life at its highest.
There is in the Lord Jesus a perfect evenness of various perfections. All the elements of perfect character are in lovely balance. His gentleness is never weak. His courage is never harsh.
Jesus is the Lion of Judah (Rev. 5:5) and the Lamb of God (Rev. 5:6)—He was lionhearted and lamblike, strong and meek, tough and tender, aggressive and responsive, bold and brokenhearted.
He combined child-like innocence with manly strength, all-absorbing devotion to God with untiring interest in the welfare of man, tender love to the sinner and uncompromising severity against sin, commanding dignity with winning humility, fearless courage with wise caution, unyielding firmness with sweet gentleness.
He never spoke when it would have been wiser to remain silent, never kept silence when He should have spoken. Mercy and judgment blended in all His actions and judgments, yet neither prevailed at the expense of the other.
When we speak about wisdom, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about virtue, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about justice, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about peace, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about truth and life and redemption, we are speaking about Christ.
We must look at the complete Jesus revealed in Scripture, lest we remake him in our image, with his only attribute love. By seeing him in his holiness and love, his truth and his grace, we’ll learn to see the fullness of his beauty.
Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander the Great, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon; without science and learning, he shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of school, he spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, he set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.
Only Christ is the whole of man’s happiness; the sun to enlighten him, the physician to heal him, the wall of fire to defend him, the friend to comfort him, the pearl to enrich him, the ark to support him, the rock to sustain him under the heaviest pressures.
If Jesus is the Bread of Life, loss of Jesus means starving. If Jesus is the Light of the World, loss of Jesus means darkness. If Jesus is the Good Shepherd, loss of Jesus means wandering alone and lost. If Jesus is the resurrection and the life, loss of Jesus is eternal death. And if Jesus is the Lamb of God, sacrificed for our sins, loss of Jesus means paying that price for ourselves.
Ephesians 1:8-10 — With all wisdom and understanding, God made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
As you go on your way, may the Lord Jesus Christ go with you. May he be near you to defend you; may he go before you to show you the way; behind you to encourage you; beside you to befriend you; above you to watch over you; and within you to give you peace. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, God forevermore. Amen.
–Based on 10th century blessing