The Worship Quote of the Week for (01/13/2004):

No Other Message
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is a fabulous passage from the first chapter of Paul's letter to the Christians in the town of Colossae. Paul wants his readers to know that Jesus is not just important; he's all-important. He is the appropriate object of our love, devotion and worship.

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 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.

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 form the Cross.

You yourselves are a case study of what he does. At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got. But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God's side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. You don't walk away from a gift like that! You stay grounded and steady in that bond of trust, constantly tuned into the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted. There is no other Message—just this one. Every creature under heaven gets this same Message. I, Paul, am a messenger of this Message.

—Paul the Apostle, Colossians 1:15-23, from THE MESSAGE: THE NEW TESTAMENT IN CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH, by Eugene H. Peterson, Colorado Springs:NavPress, 1993, p. 422. ISBN 08910-97287

[What a message, indeed! What a wonderful Savior we have! May you be “constantly tuned into” that Message.]

May God’s richest blessings be yours,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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