Jesus at the Center
It may sound silly to say that Christianity is a faith with Jesus at the center, but it’s a point lost on many Christians today. The Bible, the universe, human history, and our lives are Christocentric. The Bible is God’s love letter to us, but it is not about us. We are, in a sense, the object of his love, but the person and work of Jesus is the embodiment, expression and purpose of God’s love. The Bible is a book about Jesus for our joy.
Romans 11:36 (ESV) — 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
The Bible tells us that, as the Son gives glory and honor to the Father, so to the Father gives glory to the Son. It should come as no surprise then to find Christ at the center of both chapters in our reading today. I doubt that David and Solomon fully understood, even as they wrote the words, how Christ was at the center. But He was. And He is.
Psalm 8 is a Psalm of praise, extolling the glory of God. The name of God is not explicitly speaking of “YHWH,” but of His renown. The Psalmist sees the glory of God everywhere he looks, and especially in His creation of man, who has no glory of his own. Yet he pictures man crowned with glory and honor, ruling over creation with dominion and total authority. David certainly knew better than to think that this was the reality of our lives. Though he was a king, David knew the depth of sin and he knew the travail of life’s circumstances that are beyond his control. This is a picture of what man was created to be, and had been before the Fall of Adam. Hebrews 2 uses these verses to show that Christ, our brother, reclaimed through his death and resurrection, what David here pictures. In Christ, we have, and will one day experience, the glory, honor, and dominion given us by God. Christ is at the center of our glory of God and God’s glorification of us.
Proverbs 8 (esp. v.22ff) point to Christ as the center of wisdom. We can see that Christ is personified Wisdom through the attributes given him. Verse 22-29 tells us that Wisdom has existed eternally. Verse 30 tells us that, not only was he preexisting creation, but that He Himself was the master creator.
John 1:3 (ESV) — 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
It also tells us that He was the delight of the Father and He delighted in the Father. But His delighting was also in the created world and in humanity as the image bearers of God and the chief of His created beings, according to verse 31. Verses 32-35 tell us that we are blessed to follow Him, and that when we find Him, we find life.
John 14:6 (ESV) — 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Wisdom in Proverbs 8 can be no one but Christ.
May we daily remind ourselves that Christ is everything. May we live today for His glory and our blessing.
Acts 17:28 (ESV) — ‘In him we live and move and have our being’
2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV) — 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Ephesians 1:7 (ESV) — 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
Ephesians 1:11 (ESV) — 11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
Ephesians 3:12 (ESV) — 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.