A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of fighting through the madness of having my 5-year-old daughter’s birthday party at Chuck E Cheese. The madness wasn’t due to my daughter, or even Mr. Cheese himself, but the nine-thousand other kids having their party there too at the same time!
My Father-in-law had the quote of the day, quipping, “I had no idea the rat was still this popular.”
But I digress…
One of the “perks” the birthday child receives is a one-minute free for all in the Chuck E Cheese “Ticket Blaster.” For those of you who have not experienced this phenomenon, I’ll do my best to describe it.
The birthday child enters into a cylindrical, clear tube, and the door is closed behind them. An attendant pushes a button and air begins to swirl inside the tube, causing small “tickets” (which are like money to buy toys at Chuck E Cheese) to fly. The child has one minute to grab as many tickets as they can.
There is no limit.
The child can keep as many tickets as they can grab during this time. They can stuff them down their shirts, in their pockets…they even give the kids a blow up “crown” to wear, which catches tickets atop the head!
While I’m watching my daughter furiously grasping for tickets, I see Jesus.
And I hear the Apostle Paul.
“…the unfathomable riches of Christ…” (Ephesians 3:8)
“This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people. For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.” (Colossians 1:26-27)
Paul moved from the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ to him on the Road to Damascus – into being the great interpreter of Jesus. When you read Paul as he unveils Christ, you are treated to the fullness, the depth, the “riches” of Christ.
Unsearchable. Inexhaustible. Unfathomable. Riches.
Paul preached one message. Christ Jesus. He wrote 2/3 of the New Testament, a careful read of which will reveal only one theme, a Person – Jesus. Paul proclaimed that it pleased God to reveal His Son in him (Paul) (Galatians 1:15-16), and still at the end of his life he pens this:
“I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord…That I may know Him.” (Philippians 3:8,10)
The fullness of the mystery of God, the Person of Jesus was revealed to Paul. This was his only message and it revolutionized the world, and still is. Yet his last words cried out to know Him more.
Paul was in the “Ticket Blaster” that is Jesus Christ.
Jesus has invited us to live His life on earth. His life can never be exhausted. His depth knows no end. One will spend ETERNITY exploring and knowing Him. Instead of a one-minute free for all for tickets, we have forever in time, and after, to “grab and keep” as much of Him as we can.
This is glorious news friends. This is Good News.
Your conception of Christ should be ever-growing. The pursuit of His fullness should maintain your life. You will never be stale – because Christ knows no staleness.
In our lives, and in the Church, our singular, laser-like hunger and focus should be Jesus Christ. He is all and is in all. (Ephesians 1:10) When we have exhausted Him, when there is no more of Him to be known, when we have grabbed all the “tickets” there are to grab – we can step out of the Ticket Blaster and move onto other pursuits.
Except…He can never be exhausted. There is always more of Him.
So step into the “Ticket Blaster” that is the Zōē Perissos LIFE of Jesus Christ – and “grab” as much of Him as you can.
There is no limit.