“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (ESV – Read the chapter)
This is one of the most exalted pictures of Jesus in all of the Scriptures. It is a good reminder that the Jesus we serve and whose birth we will celebrate this next month is not just our friend, He is also our Lord. Today we often see such an emphasis on Jesus as our friend and our personal Savior who knows us intimately that we lose sight of His glory.
Yet look at what Paul has to say here. Reflect for a minute on his description of Christ. He is the way by which we can see God. He was the medium of creation. All of creation came through Him. Both the things we can see and the things we can’t. The fullness of God dwells in Him. Consider the images of the glory of God we see in the Scriptures. That power and might is in Jesus.
He is our friend, make no mistake, but He is also our God. We need Him to be both. If He were just our friend, He could not save us. If He were just our God, He would wipe us out. But, He is the perfect combination of both. And because of this, we can be forgiven of our sins and saved from death. Thanks be to God that we have the perfect Savior who not only can save us, but who wants to do so. And, if you are in this area, this Sunday as we begin our new teaching series, God Moved into the Neighborhood, we’ll start by looking at this very passage in a lot more detail. See you then, and stay tuned for the message next Monday.