Colors of the Rainbow

Posted on 07/10/2011 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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THERE IS A RIVER

There is a river whose streams
     make glad the city of our God
There is a river whose streams
     make glad the city of our God

I will rejoice, I will rejoice
     and be glad
I will rejoice, I will rejoice
     and be glad

There is a fountain full of grace
     and if flows from Emmanuel's veins
It came and it healed me, it came and refreshed me,
     It came and it washed my sins away!


ON CHRIST THE SOLID ROCK I STAND

Verse 1:
My hope is built on nothing less
     than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
     but wholely lean on Jesus' name

Verse 2:
When darkness fails his lovely face
     I rest on his unchanging grace
in every high and stormy gale
     my anchor holds withing the veil

Verse 3
When he shall come with trumpet sound
     O may I then in him be found
Dressed in his righteousness alone
     faultless to stand before his throne

Chorus:
On Christ the solid rock I stand
     all other ground is sinking sand
     all other ground is sinking sand


THE OLD RUGGED CROSS

Verse 1:
On a hill far away
     stood an old rugged cross
The emblem of suffering and shame

And I love that old cross
     where the dearest and the best
For a world of lost sinners was slain

Verse 2:
O that old rugged cross
     so despised by the world
Has a wonderous attraction for me

For the dear Lamb of God
     left his glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary

Verse 3:
In that old rugged cross
     stained with blood so divine
A wonderous beauty I see

For it was on that old cross
     Jesus suffered and died
To pardon and sanctify me

Verse 4:
To the old rugged cross
     I will ever be true
Its shame and reproach gladly bear

Then he'll call me some day
     to my home far away
Where his glory forever I'll share

Chorus:
So I'll cherish the old rugged cross
     'til my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged cross
     and exchange it some day for a crown


I STAND IN AWE OF YOU

You are beautiful beyond description
     too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
     like nothing ever seen or heard

Who can grasp your infinite wisdom
     who can fathom the depth of your love
You are beautiful beyond description
     majesty enthroned above

I stand, I stand in awe of you
I stand, I stand in awe of you
Holy God to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of you!


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The Rainbow
by Jennifer Faust

Father God, as we continue with the service, I ask that You would put Your words in my mouth so that those here would learn anew about Your love for them. I ask that we would all go away with a new outlook on the colors we see every day. I ask for Your Holy Spirit to speak to hearts. In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.

On Monday here in the USA, we will celebrate Independence Day and many of us will fly the American flag or Old Glory. The colors of the flag are red, white, and blue. I know that these colors don't have spiritual significance to most people, but today I want to talk about these colors and the other colors of the rainbow, including brown, black, and white.

I want to give spiritual significance to each color we can see because God gave a promise to Noah that He would never flood the earth again. The symbol He used was a rainbow. Let's remember every color we see here on earth is also in heaven. There may even been colors here and in heaven that could not be described.

Today we are going to talk about the ROY G BIV colors and brown, black, and white. Now, some of you may not know what ROY G BIV stands for. It is okay. I'll tell you shortly.

I learned about ROY G BIV in art class when I was younger. It stands for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. These colors and brown, black, and white are the ones we will be learning about today.

First, we will talk about each color and what some say the colors mean. I will tell you right now that we will not condemn people for wearing certain colors. That is wrong and should not happen.

Let's begin. The color red means love, fire, blood, energy, war, danger, strength, power, passion, and desire. It is interesting to see how big of a spectrum of emotion is founded in the color red. It goes from love and passion to war and power. We associate red with the blood of Jesus.

Orange on the other hand, having red and yellow in it, means joy, sunshine, the tropics, enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation. We'll see when we go to yellow that orange has a nice mix of red's and yellow's meanings. I always think of orange as the fire of God or Holy Spirit.

Yellow also means sunshine, happiness, joy, intellect, energy, and freshness. Now wonder why I like see yellow flowers and clothes. It helps to lift my mood. Yellow is associated with the Glory of God.

Green of course symbolizes nature, growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. I associate green with the creation of God and faithfulness.

Yes, I will explain why we are getting lists of these things. Just bare with me please.

Blue amazing enough symbolizes stability, trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Wow uh? Maybe that's why I like blue, though it is not my favorite color. I associate blue with heaven and someone who is loyal and trustworthy.

Next, is indigo. It means infinity, wisdom, and self-mastery. That's interesting. I never knew infinity had its own color. I associate indigo with atonement.

Violet is my favorite color. It means royalty, power, nobility, luxury, ambition, wealth, extravagance, wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic. Another interesting list of characteristics. We associate violet or purple with Jesus because He is King of kings.

Now, we'll go to the three colors that are not in the rainbow: brown, black, and white.

Brown symbolizes earth, order, and convention, which makes sense if you think about it. I associate brown with the earth and mankind.

Black symbolizes power, elegance, formality, death, evil, mystery, fear, and the unknown. I am sure most of us could have lists those words for black. We associate black with evil, darkness, and death.

And finally, white. It means light, goodness, innocence, purity, virginity, and perfection. These words are the reason brides in many cultures wear something white to show they are pure and a virgin. This is why the Bride of Christ is to be spotless and pure as a virgin. I believe we all know what white represents.

Now, we are going to switch gears. When I was younger, in third grade I think, I went to a summer camp. We made these neat bracelets that helped us to share our faith. It had six beads on it: black, red, white, blue, green, and yellow. I want to explain these colors to you.

Black represents our sin and us walking in the world and not seeing Jesus' sacrifice for us.

Red represents the blood of Jesus shed to pay for our sin as the only worthy means of payment for sin. Romans 5:8 says But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Remember red means love and it is not coincidence that the word love is in that verse when we think of the blood and the love of Jesus for us.

White represents what happens when we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Our sins are cleansed and He makes us white as snow. Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. From Isaiah 1:18. I love the song Nothing But the Blood. Let me sing a bit of it for you.

Blue represents the act of public confession of your faith by water baptism. The next step after you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life. Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. Acts 2:41.

Green represents growing as a new Christian. but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. That's found in 2 Peter 3:18.

And finally, yellow represents the promise of a home in heaven. John 14:3 says And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

Wow uh? Those little bracelets with these colors can help a child to share their faith with someone. And this little study on the rainbow and the other three non-rainbow colors reminds us how awesome God truly is. He created all these colors and wants us to enjoy them.

Father God, thank You for this chance to learn of the colors in this world You have created. Thank You for sharing a bit of your majesty and brilliance with us here on earth.

I ask that we would remember the symbolism of Your colors and share with others their meanings and what they mean to us.

Help us to not take for granted that You took our black hearts and red scarlet souls and changed us into white as now followers of Jesus Christ.

Show us how to share the gospel in a way that others may know and come to not only a saving knowledge of Your Son, but a relationship with him.

In the name that is above all names, Jesus Christ the Messiah, Amen!

You are all free to go now. We will have a time of prayer and worship at the altar. You are welcome here at the altar to spend some time in the presence of God. If you need prayer please instant message me or Ben or someone else on the staff or ministry teams.

As you leave, remember the important part. God created the colors and He wants us to enjoy them. He also wants to make us white as snow by the precious blood of His Son Jesus Christ. Will you allow God to change you? If you are willing, please instant message me or Ben and we would be glad to welcome you into the family of God.

May God bless you and shower down blessings upon you and yours. Go in the peace that passes all understanding.