Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God…For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Jesus, the Lord Christ, help me keep my attention on you, the source of my life and my redemption. May obedience become my genuine response to God’s give of grace, for I accept I cannot gain it on my own.
Did you know Christ is not a name, but a title meaning Anointed One or Messiah? Did you know the name Jesus is derived from the Greek form of the name Joshua? Or that Joshua means Yahweh, the Lord? Like Jeremiah, Paul is preaching repentance, and he uses the term Christ as shorthand for the actual phrase, Jesus (the Lord Christ) to remind us who he is talking about and what God has done for us. We are instructed to keep our attention on Christ, the source of life and redemption, as we work to rid ourselves of bad behaviours. In this way, obedience becomes a genuine response to God’s gift of grace, and not a means of gaining it.