OUTLINE: Paul encourages the Colossian Christians to set their thoughts on heavenly matters, since they have been raised to newness of life in Him (V. 1-2)
CONTENT: On Good Friday, the same people who had cried “Hosanna, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” changed their tune and cried instead “Crucify him!” but by Sunday Jesus rose victoriously.
Because he rose, never to die again, Christians have the power to live the resurrected life, hence we find Paul encouraging the Colossians to “Seek those things which are above” This means as Paul taught them and us today:
- JESUS NOW SITS AT GOD’S RIGHT HAND
In Hebrews 8:1, the writer informs us that Jesus as our High Priest is seated at God’s right hand. Priests in the Old Testament were continually offering up sacrifices. Jesus made one sacrifice of his life and there needed to be no more, no more shedding of blood needed to be made. He sat down at God’s right hand, which was the place of honor (see Matthew 20:21)
- WE SHOULD SET OUR THOUGHTS ON HEAVEN
This does not mean to always have our heads up in the clouds, but not to lose our focus there because our blessings originate from heaven. Focusing on the world gets us nowhere, because the world is passing away.
- WE SHOULD DEVELOP INTEREST IN THE LORD
Interests determine actions. If we are interested in the Lord, we will live as resurrected people. We will have the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5-10). We will live victoriously.
To live victoriously is to live the resurrected life.
SPEAKER: Rev. Edward L. Jenkins,Sr.
TEXT: Colossians 3:1-4