Last week was our church’s Vacation Bible School. We had an awesome turnout of about 45 people throughout the week. We used the previous year’s VBS resources from Answers in Genesis. By using the previous year, we were able to get the supply kit for half-price. We believed this to be a great stewardship of our resources and allowed us more freedom to obtain other supplies and decorations.
At the end of the week, we had a youth VBS Sunday. We celebrated the victories and opportunities during the week. We honored students and volunteers. Most of all, we worship God and took to the Scriptures to teach the Word. The following Scriptures were used to drive home the point that Christ wants to live in us.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
The theme verse for VBS was Revelation 1:8. Student were to memorize this verse by the end of the week and they did awesome. In this verse, were are reminded by Jesus of His greatness. In the end, we are reminded of Christ as the Almighty. He who who holds influence over all things in the universe. This makes Christ have an unfathomable bigness that we can’t begin to comprehend. However, the testimony of Scripture is that all of Christ can be present in our finite selves. The following scriptures highlight the possibility of this reality.
2 Corinthians 3:5
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
It is interesting to note that this Scripture is followed up by the famous passage Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” In essence, it has been taken out of context to show that if we have enough faith God will do things greater than we pray. Added to finances, health, and other circumstances. There is no doubt God can and usually does things greater than we anticipated. However, as I read this Scripture, the context dictates that Paul realizes his audience will think it impossible for all of Christ to be in us. Therefore, he states that even if we think it is impossible for Christ to be fully in us, He is able to do those things beyond our possibilities and imaginations.
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: