Colossians 2

We have a problem. All of us do and all of us know it. We all will admit that we’re not perfect. Even the most conceited among us will admit that they have at least a few flaws. We all know we have a problem.

The big question is, how bad is the problem? I’ve heard it said that, “the magnitude of the solution is directly related to the magnitude of the problem.” Here’s an example…

Say you have a headache, what’s the solution? For me, it’s taking a few Advil.
If you fall and scrape your knee then what’s the solution? A band-aid.
But what if you get shot? A few Advil or a band-aid won’t do much for a bullet wound.

The magnitude of the solution is directly related to the magnitude of the problem.

So what is our problem? Paul makes it clear in Colossians 2. Verse 13 says this, “And you, who were dead in your trespasses…” We were dead in our trespasses. Our problem is not that we’re sick, it’s not that we’re a little messed up, it’s that our sins have made us spiritually dead.

If you have a headache you need medicine.
If you scrape your knee you need a band-aid.
If you’re shot you need surgery.
If you’re dead you need a miracle….

And by God’s provision, we have one.

“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” (Colossians 2:13-15 ESV)

Jesus is our provision for life. We were hopeless. We were done for. We were dead. But God sent His Son Jesus to be our miracle. He was nailed to the cross and through Him we can have life.

We all know we have a problem. That problem’s name is sin. But our horrific problem has a miraculous solution.


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