You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, May 4, 2014: The Supremacy of Christ. Listen HERE.

by Andrew Kelley

The first to die, rise from the dead and live forever. The best part is Jesus presents us to His Father so that we may follow after Him to live forever!

Feeling like an outcast pretty much all of my childhood and even into my young adult years did not make me feel supreme. You’ll see in a few minutes why I just used the word supreme. I grew up in the lower middle class bracket, and I had the “not cool” clothes, as my classmates would often tell me. The shoes, too. Plus being sheltered in a relatively strict Christian home put me way out in left field, or more like on the bench because I hated doing anything I thought would result in me failing — ports, talking to cute girls and sticking up for myself. I hid in suclusion except with my closest friends. Fast forward to midway through high school where I got serious about a relationship with Jesus and the laws of religion started falling to the wayside. Jesus quickly became supreme to me because He was changing me from the inside out. He was showing me His unconditional love. He was teaching me that He was my Sustainer and wanted to be the Head of my life. Of course He still is. He is now showing me how supreme He has made me because He first was supreme!
Of the eight points Pastor Joe presented, the eighth one stood out the most to me: Jesus reconciles all things to God. Reconcile is one of those big words in my simple mind, and we had an excellent example on Sunday but I still had to look up the definition.
Reconcile-verb. 1. to cause (a person) to accept or be resigned to something not desired: He was reconciled to his fate. 2. to win over to friendliness; cause to become amicable: to reconcile hostile persons. 3. to compose or settle (a quarrel, dispute, etc.). 4. to bring into agreement or harmony; make compatible or consistent. 5. to reconsecrate (a desecrated church, cemetery, etc.). 6. to restore (an excommunicate or penitent) to communion in a church.
It’s necessary to include that whole definition because there are things in there we all can relate to. Colossians 1:19-20 was the reference for point eight.
“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
But as we continue to read after verse 20, we see why we were or are meant to be reconciled. I love verses 21-23.
“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.  But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.”
Jesus presents us to His Father. He presents us perfected and not the way we see ourselves. He presents us Holy and blameless. He can because He took our unholiness and every thing that we should have been blamed for, the wrong things that we have done.
This, my friends, is, in fact, unconditional love, and this is why we should celebrate Jesus like it is His birthday and every day! More than we celebrated our own birthdays! More than we celebrate our kids’ birthdays! More than we celebrate our spouse’s birthday! He is worthy of the most supreme celebration because of what He has done, and we are on the winning side!

Andrew and Dawn

Andrew Kelley is husband to Dawn and father to four wonderful children; he and his family currently call Immanuel and Zion home. 

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