Colossians 1: 15 – 20
“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on the earth.
He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
Christ is also the head of the church which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.
For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.”
This is probably a hymn of the early church, which the apostle Paul recites to the church at Colossae, to whom he is writing letter (we know it as the book of Colossians)
Fact Check: The Person of Jesus
Is Jesus the “visible image of the invisible God?” Hebrews 1:3 tells us that, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being…” As to Jesus being at one with God before the creation of the world, John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In verse 14 John continues, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Fact Check: Jesus as Creator
Hebrews 1: 2 says, “God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.” Christ is the agent of God’s creation; the world was created “through” Him. The Father and the Son had two distinct functions in creation yet worked together to bring about the cosmos. John says, “God created everything through [Jesus], and nothing was created except through [Jesus].” (Hebrews 1:2) Paul reiterates: “There is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 1st Corinthians 8:6.
Fact Check: The Resurrection
The early church believed that there was a resurrection of the dead in and through Jesus Christ, and the church has continued to believe this for almost 2000 years. In Acts 4:2, the Apostles Peter and John were arrested for preaching that “…through Jesus there is a resurrection of the dead.” In Acts 26: 22-23 the Apostle Paul tells the Roman Governor Festus, “…I teach nothing except what the prophets and Moses said would happen – that the Messiah would suffer and be the first to rise from the dead…” In Matthew 22:29-32 Jesus himself confirms that there is indeed a resurrection from the dead.
Fact Check: Jesus Is Head Of The Church
1st Corinthians 12:27 reads, “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.” For almost 2000 years the church has placed Christ at its head, both individually and collectively, and acknowledged Christ as the leader of the church. Ephesians 1:22 says, “And He [God] put all things in subjection under [Christ’s] feet, and gave [Christs] as head over all things to the church…”
What Does This Mean For Me?
All of this points to the exalted position of Christ for the early church. Christ reigned supreme. The question is: Do we have the same exalted position of Christ in our lives today? Do we believe that Jesus is God, second person of the Trinity? Do we believe that everything was created by Christ and for Christ, and that he exists in every aspect of creation and every aspect of our lives? Do we live like this is true?
Today, more than ever, we have full to-do lists, full schedules and we juggle so many things at once. Some days, there isn’t enough time to do everything that’s on our list. Constantly being tuned to social media, and constantly connected to friends and family, adds another layer of stress to our already burdened minds. King Jesus becomes an add-on to our lives.
We often ask why we don’t see miracles today like we read in the book of Acts. Part of the reason may be that we don’t hold Jesus in the same high regard as the early church. For some of us, Jesus is a reason for living, not the reason for living. For some of us, Jesus is an idea, and not a living person who we recognize as our King.
Our world has one thing in common with the world of the early church: Jesus. And Jesus isn’t asking to be a part of our life. He’s claiming to be the reason we live.
What does that look like for you?