“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”—Colossians 1:19-20, ESV
When Hollywood actor Jim Carrey appeared last year at the Golden Globe Awards to present an award, he introduced himself as “two-time Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey.” He also added that when he dreams, he doesn’t dream any old dream. He dreams about “being three-time Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey” because then, according to him, he would be enough, and finally stop the terrible search.
Its common knowledge that nearly everyone in church today knows Sola Gratia (grace alone) from Eph. 2:8-9. We may all wax eloquent about being saved by grace alone, through faith alone in the finished work of Jesus alone, but do we believe it? I think most of the time we don’t. Even when Paul says that “all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” in Jesus, we continue to search. We look under every rock and behind every tree hoping that if we found that one thing, we would finally be enough.
Christians may not, on face value, be guilty for rejecting the Gospel, but you and I’s innocence is questioned when we add things to the already finished Christian Gospel. It may be a happy marriage, good grades in school, a good job, well-groomed kids etc. In a sense, I am led to believe that in order to be enough, I need Jesus and a happy marriage. Or Jesus and some fine knowledge in my head (knowledgeability), or Jesus and cool friends. Name it, it’s always Jesus + Something else = Enough. When we do this—which you and I do every day—we actually reject the Gospel. Where the Gospel shouts “it is Finished”, we shout back: “no sir, it is not finished, at least not yet.”
What Paul is saying is that if you got Jesus and tried to fit him into our universe, and all the billions of trillions of galaxies, he wouldn’t fit—because he is infinitely bigger than our universe. Why then won’t that Big God-Man be enough for your small life, which is just an iota in this universe? The verdict is simple, he is enough for you. Because of Jesus’s blood and cross, you are also enough. Stop the search, you have been found. It really is Finished.