The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 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. 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 and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 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.
Written by: Matt Swartz
I spend a lot of time hiking. I am energized through being out in nature and one of the things I love most about living in Phoenix is the plentiful opportunities there are to go out and hit the trails. When I am on the trail with my family or with a friend, there are moments where one of us catches a glimpse of something amazing and we will stop everyone in our group and say, “Take a look at that!” These moments where I take time to stop and soak in that view can change the entire perspective of what may be happening in my life.
Colossians 1 is one of those types of passages when it comes to Jesus, His identity, and what He actually accomplished by dying on the cross for our sin. The Apostle Paul, the author of this passage, wants us to catch the glimpse that Jesus is God and He has authority and power both on earth and in heaven. The “Take a look!” moment that Paul wants us to notice is that Jesus came to earth with one mission: To rescue us!
The miracle and beauty in the death and resurrection of Jesus is that the all-powerful creator and sustainer of the universe cannot imagine an eternity where we are separated from God as a result of our sin. The clear message of Colossians 1 is that you and I are so valuable to God that He made the conscious decision to live a perfect life and die for our sin because of love. You and I are reconciled and made right with God because we are loved.
Thought of the day: What would it look like today to live a life that reflects this radical love for us? How would you and I live differently if we truly believed that we are loved?