Spotlight on Jesus1
33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them.
- from Acts 4:33-34
The action in today’s passage is centered on God.
Sure, the apostles testified with great power, but their testimony pointed the spotlight on Jesus. It wasn’t their experience, their wisdom, their insight that captured the imaginations of their community. They weren’t the heroes. Jesus was the hero.
The resurrection of Jesus established him as – to use the language of the passage – “the Lord.” With the resurrection, he steps beyond the pantheon of heroes, good examples, and gods. He rises to a place of supremacy which we in our egalitarian culture find difficult to accept or understand.
He uses his power liberally from his special position. But he doesn’t use his power in the way that we’ve been taught that the powerful use their power. The original storyteller wrote of God’s mega-grace being at work in the community transforming all of the poor in their midst into people who suddenly have enough to meet their needs. Abundance appears in the wake of God’s grace.
Our most important question in life kicks in here: What is God like?
Heroic. Supreme. Gracious. Jesus.
The God we worship, serve, and love uses his resources to bless the vulnerable. He doesn’t hide his uniqueness, weirdness, or specialness but, instead, invites us to know him and be known by him. Jesus deserves the spotlight.
In what way can you shine a spotlight on Jesus today? Think about your attention, your time, your conversations. Where can you point to Jesus?