There are times when Scripture just punches me in the face.
Today was one of those days.
I’ve been looking at the book of Ephesians lately here on my blog, and the passage I came to today shined a big ol’ light on some dark parts of my heart that I’ve been content to just ignore or gloss over.
Let’s look at the passage together.
when he raised (Christ) from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. - Ephesians 1:20b-23
This is an abrupt break due to the fact that I covered the previous parts of this chapter in prior blogs.
Here’s the gist of what we’re looking at though. We’re looking at a phenomenal, magnificent, amazing description of what God the Father gave to Christ the Son.
I mean, that list is engrossing.
Look at all that it says about Jesus:
- He was raised from the dead (what we’re about to celebrate this weekend)
- He is seated at the right hand of the Father
- He is over every rule
- He is over every authority
- He is over every power
- He is over every dominion
- His Name is greater than all others
- All things are under His feet
- He is the head of the church
Wow. Now, I generally enjoy looking at least at all the cross-references for a passage before teaching on it. I didn’t do that today because there is honestly just so much here. There are dozens of other passages in the Bible that allude to these different realities regarding the magnificence of Jesus.
In this Covid-19 season of quarantine, this is the type of stuff that we should be meditating on. We shouldn’t be meditating on the news. We shouldn’t be looking up the word ‘plague’ in a concordance and trying to make verses speak into this direct situation. We should be looking to Jesus. We should be rejoicing in all that the Father has given Him.
Did you see all of that? He’s in charge. He resides over every nation, leading every ruler of every nation (even the ones you don’t like). There is nothing more powerful than Him. The entire world is under His feet. This passage brings me so much joy and hope. He’s got me. He’s got you. He’s got us.
But this passage also, like I said, punches me square in the face.
Because do you see who is in control here?
Is it Nate Roach?
Nope, and we should all be abundantly grateful that it’s not.
I’ve shared before that this quarantine scenario has served to take away any facade of my control over literally anything in my life. We like to think that we ourselves are in charge. But we’re not.
For me personally, as of late, that second to last verse is the one that really hits too close to home.
I had my ministry before Covid-19 struck. We were zooming through Philippians, gaining traction, seeing a little fruit, about to start a brand new High School only service. All was well.
In an instant y’all.
I’ll be honest, these past few weeks of this quarantine stuff has been tough on me. As it has been tough on all of us. I’ve had to wrestle with doubt, fear, worry, feelings of purposelessness. All the while I wanted to wrestle back control of my life, my ministry, our church.
I mean, seriously, how will any student or child grow spiritually if we’re not gathered and I’m not leading?
Okay y’all, I hope you see what God showed me about the stupidity of that there statement.
Here’s where the fist drilled the face.
This church isn’t dependent on me. Not even remotely.
This church isn’t dependent upon any other staff member.
This church is dependent upon Christ.
He is the head.
Not Nate Roach.
And He is still in control.
Not Nate Roach.
Go back to that passage above. Read it again and again. Look at all that it says about Jesus. Look deeply, closely, intentionally. Be encouraged. Don’t fret or be afraid. God is in control. Jesus is still on the throne.
In His Name,
I’ve used this quarantine season to get started on a couple other avenues for sharing God’s Word. The first is a YouTube channel. You can find the latest video here: https://youtu.be/f1OnESBOAok.
The second is a podcast! This is what I’m super stoked about! I know reading a long rambling blog is not always the best. Sometimes, having something to listen to while doing other activities is a better way to soak up God’s Word. My prayer is that this new podcast (which will be up and running soon) will be a way for you to grow in your love for Jesus.