Thursday-The Preeminence of Jesus

by Jonathan Parnell, desiring God 

Our lives are not polished and shiny and set up on a mantle. They are cluttered and complicated. We get tired. And frustrated. But the preeminence of Jesus can’t be an “out there” sort of thing that we save for special days at the library. We must bring this home to the everyday. And one of the simplest ways to do that is to talk about Jesus, a lot.

We should talk about Jesus often and be clear about his identity, resisting every temptation to make him peripheral, secondary, or assumed. And we may find that talking about Jesus often brings his preeminence to have a deeper bearing on our lives. It helps to remind us of his role in two things we deeply care about — the gospel and the glory of God.

The gospel is not a mantra we repeat over and over again to power up spiritually. It’s not merely some divine mechanism that primes us for loving others. But the gospel is, first and foremost, about a Person.

A person, Jesus Christ, is the one who suffered in our place under Pontius Pilate. He died and was buried, and on the third day, the person, Jesus Christ, was raised. The events in 1 Corinthians 15:3-5 that Paul summarizes as that which is of first importance are further summarized by this one word: Jesus. We can speak of the "person of Christ" and the "work of Christ," but rightly understood, they cannot be separated. The gospel is about a person and that person is Jesus.

The glory of God is not an abstract idea or motivation that we aspire to live for. God's glory is the radiance of the fullness of who he is, and that radiance is a Person.

A person, Jesus Christ, is the one in whom all the fullness of deity was pleased to dwell (Colossians 2:9). Jesus, the Person, is the Word of God made flesh as the ultimate revelation of the triune God (John 1:18; Hebrews 1:1-3).

The glory of God is a person and that person is Jesus.

We want to feel the supremacy of Jesus in our everyday, not just alone at the library. We love the gospel and the glory of God and we want the small and apparently menial moments of our lives to connect these massive realities. And at their heart is a person named Jesus.

So seek to stay conscious of him. Talk about him. And in doing so, bring his significance into your seemingly insignificant. The preeminence of Jesus is about our everyday lives.

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