Our Great Captain


Key Bible Verse: Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. (1 Corinthians 15:22)

Dig Deeper: 

What is Jesus’ obedience accomplishing?

Jesus is being established as the captain of creation. And his goal is to right the ship. Think of earth as a sinking ship. God placed Adam at the helm, and he steered it into the rocks. So God made Israel the new captain to set the ship aright, and they kept ramming it into the rubble as well. And this isn’t only Adam and Israel; this is us. We’ve torn the ship of creation asunder. We’ve sought to rule the earth without God, to live our lives independent of our Maker, to sever creation from Creator, and in so doing we’ve dragged creation back down into the watery abyss from which it came.

So God finally says, All right! I’ll take care of this myself. The Father sends his Son to take the helm and, in the power of their Spirit, they’re out together to set creation straight. In Jesus, God is righting the ship. The Captain is setting the vessel back on course. And Jesus steers us toward a destination greater than the port from which we embarked. Humanity will be healed in union with our God. The ship of life, with our great Captain at the helm, is headed toward paradise—with us on deck. Captain and crew. God with us.

– Joshua Ryan Butler in The Pursuing God

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