The Filler

25 05 2010

Most people experience a sense of emptiness at one time or another.  “It’s all empty. It’s all vain. It’s all futile.” we say.  “What does it all mean? Is life just everyone out for themselves to try to fill their own life with activity, and, if possible, with some meaning, some point?

Of Jesus, it is said: ‘He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things’ (Ephesians 4:10).  It is the last phrase we want to explore: ‘that he might fill all things’. So, we can say, that Jesus is ‘The Filler’.

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I like contemplating the event of the ascension of Jesus on Mount Olivet.

It was crucial that Jesus ascended far above all the heavens, so that the Father, through his Son, Jesus, might outpour the Holy Spirit, the gift of God, the ‘dorea’ of God upon all flesh.

On the day of Pentecost, the promise of the Father, was poured out through the Ascended Christ.  As the gift of the Spirit was given, so too were these people filled with the Spirit given to the church, for the world, so that the whole earth might be filled with the meaning, significance and power of the risen and ascended Jesus Christ.

This Filler, fills his people with life and the ability and desire to go and tell the world to rejoice, in the Christ who is filling all things, from his own fulness.  From his own fulness we have all received, grace heaped upon grace (John 1).

Jesus is the Unifier, the Filler, the Reconciler, and the Harmoniser – as we shall see.

The old prophet Habakkuk knew what it was all about, when he said:  “But the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (Hab. 2:14).

Jesus was certain of the joyful outcome, yet to spring forth, saying:  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

I will come back to this post… and fill it out a little more, soon… cheers!



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