November 20

Ephesians 1:18-23

“God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places…” vs. 20

Some people point to verses like this to show that the Risen Christ has been elevated to a position in the universe that is beyond our reach or understanding. If that’s what we believe, we’re really on our own in the world now, left to work things out as best we can, just waiting until Christ comes again and straightens everything out. Of course that notion doesn’t square with the testimony of scripture as the writer of Ephesians makes clear in this same passage. “And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” Christ is not far away at all. The One through whom all things came into existence, the One who is the presence of God, has never left the earth and is present now in and through the Church. And it’s not a feeble, metaphoric presence! Christ is present in the Church with power, the very power of our loving God. And where the Church is fully engaged in that loving, incredible things are happening. The hungry are fed, the naked clothed, and the captives are set free–we the Church are making the Reign of God palpable and real in our hurting and anxious world. 

Thought for the Day: Why do people leave the Church?

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