April 2013

Do first impressions count?

Does how you enter a situation – stumbling or striding, spectacularly or understatedly, smiling or serious – say something about you?

Does how you look - the clothes you wear, the cut of your hair, and the cost of your accessories – say something about you?

Does what you do – drawing attention to yourself or bringing value to others – say something about you?

What about the first thing you say – profound, pointless, paranoid, perceptive – does it say something about you?

According to Colossians 1:15-16, Jesus is “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.”

And yet before these words were written by the apostle Paul, the Gospels tell us…

Jesus entered the world as a vulnerable and totally dependent baby, to a teenage girl, in a little village that’s not here home, in a stable – what does that say about Jesus?

Jesus’ first mighty miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding, because his mother was worried that the host would face cultural shame and embarrassment if the wine ran out at such a celebration – what does that say about Jesus?

His chosen followers were ordinary guys who regularly fumbled their way through situations – what does that say about Jesus?

His teaching stirred the religious folks so much they plotted to kill him – what does that say about Jesus?

At his trial, false accusations were not challenged by Jesus – neither was the full force of heavenly power at his disposal deployed – what does that say about Jesus?

Whilst guards mocked and gambled for his clothes, His death darkened the stage of the sky – what does that say about Jesus?

His resurrection, His conquering of death, His New Covenant of relationship with God was declared by an empty tomb and a gardener asking a question “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?”[John 20:15]

Whether you believe that first impressions count or not, have you every paused to ponder – what do these thing say about Jesus?

The first recorded encounter of the resurrected triumphant Christ was not a spectacular demonstration of “here I am!” power, but a spectacular demonstration of “there you are!” love, “Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” – what does that say about Jesus?

Can I encourage you to intentionally take another look at Jesus - ponder the real Jesus who is “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.” BUT who also cares for the little things, chooses unlikely people, challenges attitudes, has His eyes fixed on the Mission of God and approaches people where they are, asking “Who are you looking for?” .
 
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