Thursday 13 May, 2021

Colossians 1:15-20

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

This passage exalts Jesus and refocuses my attention fully on Him. Here we see Jesus’ “credentials” for playing a central role in God’s plans and purposes: Jesus was with God from the beginning – He is before all things; everything was created through Him and for Him (ie, everything serves His purpose); Jesus holds all things together; He is above all things; and, He is the firstborn among the dead. That’s a pretty impressive list.

God was pleased for Jesus to be the full representation of Himself. God wanted to reveal Himself to us, so He sent His son Jesus to us here on earth.

But there’s more to God’s plan. Not only did an invisible God want us to know Him, He wanted to reconcile us back to Him. Again, Jesus played a crucial part in this by giving His life for us by dying on the cross.

It is through these two actions of revelation and sacrifice that I see the heart of God towards us: He wants us to be connected to Him and He sent His best – His son Jesus – to do this.

Father, I am so thankful that You are a relational God and that you want me to know You. Thank you for sending Jesus to reveal You and to give His life for me. Lord Jesus, You alone are worthy and above all things. I give You praise.

Written by Gab Martin

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