And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. ~ Colossians 1:18
Sometimes, in the busyness of everything that we do, we forget Who Jesus really is. As a preacher, I preach and talk about Jesus. When I sit in a service where there is another preacher, I listen to messages about Jesus. When we serve, we know that we are serving Jesus. When we pray, we are praying through Jesus’ name. However, we can become so much like Martha who was so busy serving that she overlooked Whom she was serving. Let us be reminded of Who Jesus is.
We see Jesus, our Framer.
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.” Jesus is our Creator. As our Creator, He has the first and final say about how and why He created us. We are made in His image spiritually and created for His glory. Our Lord has made all things beautiful and for a powerful purpose.
We see Jesus and the Father.
“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.” Jesus is completely God. In essence, He is God. He is all-powerful and all-knowing, and He is without restriction as to His presence. In His existence, He is God. He is eternal and everlasting, with no beginning and no end. In His essential, He is God. Without Jesus, we cannot exist.
We see Jesus in His fatality.
“And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” Jesus is God Who became a Man, yet was without sin. He came for the sole purpose of dying for our sins. He shed His blood on the cross to reconcile us to Himself. His death satisfied God’s righteous demands for the payment of sin. We are delivered from God’s wrath through Jesus’ death.
We see Jesus in His forgiveness.
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” His shed blood made His forgiveness of our sins possible. Forgiveness of our sins powerfully means our sins have been imputed on Him, we have peace with God through His reconciliation, and we are justified freely by His grace. Justified means that when God looks on us, He has released us from our sin debt obligation.
We see Jesus, Who is first.
“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” Jesus only is to be first and foremost in our lives. No one and nothing else should come between us and Jesus. His preeminence means He is above all and the first and only One in our life. Our worship, service, desire, and ambition should be centered on Him. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Is Jesus preeminent in your life? In all things? Do you consider His will to be done through your life? Is He preeminent when you pray? When you make your plans? All things in life are clearest when it is Jesus only.
Have a Christ-first God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Proverbs 30-31