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Whether we like it or not we face images & messages that come from our culture to either consume more, or live under the comfort of the banner of military might, or be willing to exploit the economy to our benefit. How then does Jesus want us to live in such a culture? Can it be possible that we can live differently but be a radical difference to our culture around us?

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Colossians 3:5-11 Paul was a social revolutionary. He opposed his own people, the Jews, in order to follow Christ’s call to welcome all people into God’s redemption. However, as he was doing that, he also opposed the most powerful man in his society, Caesar, whose empire was causing brutality throughout the world to women, foreigners, and the poor.

Paul in this passage calls for the end of language and actions that perpetuate Caesar’s idolatrous way of life and look to the vision of a higher dignity of life in the image of the creator. Thus Paul says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all in all.

Jesus Revealed

How often do we look at the Cross and see the same old Jesus we have always known? Often the story of Jesus gets retold in an over-simplified and digestible way to the point that Jesus, the beauty and scandal of who he is and became, gets reduced to routine. We often make Christ boring. Paul refers to us as "hidden in Christ" and "revealed" with him in his death and resurrection. What does this mean? What is hidden yet revealed? What does it mean that Jesus is our life?

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A classic scene near the end of the movie of Braveheart the story of William Wallaces stand against English tyranny, is that he is strapped down to a table and being tortured to death. Wallace makes one final cry to his friends and foes “Freedom!”. We long to have freedom and in today’s text, Paul is telling this young church, don’t go back to bondage, Jesus gave you freedom, walk in and avoid anything that would plunge you back into a life of slavery of rules and regulations that provide no relief to your spiritual life.

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Colossians 2: 8-15 – “Accept no substitutes”. Buy genuine parts not inferior knock offs, can be heard in a lot of advertising these days. Yet we live in a day where we have a smorgasbord of religious thought and alternative spirituality realities, where does Jesus fit into the mix? Today’s text Paul will challenge his young church to make sure nothing replaces Jesus or don’t try to think Jesus was enough, He was completely sufficient at what he did at the cross and what his life brings to every follower of him.

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