Michael Jordan is considered by a great many people to be the greatest basketball player of all time. Certainly he is the most widely recognized athlete on the planet (or in the universe, according to his movie Space Jam). He has been on an NCAA championship team and five NBA World Championship teams. He’s won the NBA scoring title more times than you can count. He has been voted the Most Valuable Player again and again.
If, among all his accomplishments and awards, someone was to mention that Michael Jordan also created the universe, you’d say, “Wait a minute!” That is a shocking statement and you wouldn’t let him get by with that one!
Question: have we heard the statements that “Jesus is God” or “Jesus is the creator of the world” so often that they have lost their ability to shock us? When the Colossian Christians first heard Paul say “for by him all things were created,” they probably scratched their heads, took a deep breath and swallowed hard. But that’s exactly what Paul is saying that Jesus is the creator of the world.
That certainly sets Jesus apart from the rest of the crowd: unique, powerful, wonderful.
Father, sometimes we are guilty of taking what we know for granted. Please make it new to us once again. Amen.