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Forget What's Behind

Jesus' Preeminence Followership Worry

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-02-01

Scripture: Philippians 3:13

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

As I sat on my assigned snowmobile listening to the instructor's briefing, I noticed that something was missing.  My machine didn't have a rearview mirror. As I looked around at the other students, I didn't see one on any of their machines, either.  In fact, the only snowmobile equipped with side rearview mirrors was the instructors.  When I asked the instructor the reason for this, he explained that the outfitter didn't want us to be distracted by what was behind us, but to keep our eyes on the leader.

APPLICATION

Don’t allow what has happened in your past to distract you from following your leader, Jesus.

"...I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us" (Philippians 3:13-14). 

The Missing Piece

Apologetics Purpose Jesus' Preeminence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-01-08

Scripture: Hebrews 12:2 ; Matthew 5:6

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Nothing is complete without Jesus. He is the "Author" and the "Completer," the "Beginning" and the "End" (Hebrews 12:2, Revelation 22:13). Everything exists because of Him, and everything is missing something without Him; and not just missing something, but the central thing; the thing that supplies true meaning and purpose to all things.

That's what the Bible means when it says of Jesus, "For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen (Romans 11:36).

This applies to everything, the animate and the inanimate alike. Take for example the Old Testament Law. Jesus said, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them" (Matthew 5:17). In other words, the OT Law is incomplete, it's missing something without Jesus.

Sometimes when Jesus is missing it's more evident than at other times. Take for example Exodus 31:15, where we read, "You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day must be a Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day dedicated to the LORD. Anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death."

"Relax or die!" Isn't that what God is saying here? We tend to focus on the long list of things the Law commands us to do, but what about the command to rest from all of our doing? It's hard to say which of the two we fail at most miserably, our doing or our resting.

Nevertheless, "Anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death," seems like a gross and bizarre overreaction on God's part. In what universe does this punishment fit this crime? It makes sense that doing the wrong things should be a crime, but should failing to do nothing be a punishable offense? And so severely punished?

Clearly, there's something missing.

APPLICATION

"Relax or die!" makes no sense without Jesus; with Jesus, it makes perfect sense.

That's because Jesus IS the Sabbath rest we all so desperately need!  By fulfilling all of the commands of the Law and by offering His perfect life as a sacrifice for our sins, Jesus became our Sabbath rest.

God spoke of observing the Sabbath as a life and death issue because knowing Jesus--the source of real Sabbath rest--is a matter of life and death to the soul.

Without Jesus, the death sentence of the Sabbath law makes no sense; with Jesus, it makes perfect sense.

Have you ever felt that your life was missing something—that things weren’t adding up or making sense?  The Law makes no sense without Jesus and neither will your life. Wherever and whenever meaning and purpose are missing, Jesus is the missing piece!

"Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified (made perfect or complete) by faith" (Galatians 3:24, NASB).

Christ At The Center

Devotion Headship Jesus' Preeminence

Contributed By: Jon Winkelman | Date Posted: 2015-07-09

Scripture: Colossians 1:16

Author: Jon Winkelman
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ILLUSTRATION

What do lollipops, truffles, and the Christian life all have in common? With all of these things it's what's at the center that counts! If you get to the middle of your lollipop or truffle only to discover a rock, you will probably be more than a little disappointed.

APPLICATION

What is at the center of your life? If it is anything other than Christ, you are not fulfilling the purpose of your Maker. You're like a lollipop with a rock in the middle. We have been created and designed for a purpose; live up to that purpose by keeping Christ where He belongs -- at the center of your life.

"For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-- all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together" (Colossians 1:16-17).

Why Jesus Is Better Than Santa

Christmas Jesus' Authority Jesus' Preeminence

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-05-08

Author: unknown
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Scandinavia Best Place To Be A Mom

Motherhood Jesus' Preeminence Hope

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-05-07

Scripture: Matthew 7:24 ; Ephesians 5:25

Author: Barnett Gushin
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Stealing Baby Jesus

Jesus' Preeminence Doctrine-False Christmas

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-10

Scripture: Colossians 1:12

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Building a Golden Toilet

Heaven Value (True Worth) Jesus' Preeminence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-26

Scripture: Revelation 21:21

Author: JONATHAN CHENG / Illustration Exchange
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A Theory of Everything

Meaning of Life Science Jesus' Preeminence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-10-18

Scripture: Genesis 1:1 ; Colossians 1:19

Author: Dr. Richard Swenson
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Woman Survives Internal Decapitation

Spiritual Health Spirituality Jesus' Preeminence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-09-03

Scripture: Colossians 1:18 ; Ephesians 4:15

Author: Illustration Exchange
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A Being By Himself

Jesus' Preeminence Apologetics Believe

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2012-09-25

Scripture: Ephesians 1:21 ; Philippians 2:9

Author: Napoleon Bonaparte
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