Colossians 1:15-18 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.
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation
What does it mean to be the image of something? People say it about children sometimes, “She is the spitting image of her mother”. I always thought that was an interesting concept. That the child is so similar to its parents that it is as if they had been spit out of the mouth of that parent. Now this verse doesn’t say that Jesus is the spitting image, but it does say that He is the image of the invisible God. I don’t know about you, but I’m a visual person. It’s really helpful to me to know and see representations (no matter how flawed) of my Lord. I guess I’m a bit like Thomas. Blessed are those who do not see but yet they believe. (John 20:29)
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together
What an amazing phrase – in Him all things hold together. Isn’t that the truth. It is for me. When I’m down or things in my life seem to be out of control, I start an assessment process. I like to try to dissect the problem to see what I can do about it. Without a doubt, one of the first things I realize is that I’m usually not spending much time with my Lord. I’m distracted by the day-to-day junk in my life, and haven’t kept my eyes on Him. When things are being held together, I can be sure I’ve been pulling away from God. The same is true in my marriage. With God at the center, we’re able to keep our priorities straight, but when we I start to think about myself more than my husband or Christ Jesus, thinks go all catawampus, out of line. But when Jesus is the focus of my attention, my life and my marriage are held together. He is the glue holding the pieces of this broken world together.
So that in everything he might have the supremacy
Have you ever gotten a new boss? If they didn’t have the experience or knowledge you thought they should have, wasn’t it hard to respect them? Perhaps you know someone who got a promotion that seemed out of line. You were sure you (or someone else) was more qualified. In the verses above, we’re shown clearly why Jesus is the right man for the job. Why did it have to be Jesus, because it didn’t have to be Jesus. He was supreme. He was above everything else. That’s why Lent and Easter are so amazing. He didn’t have to sacrifice Himself. He was set apart as more important than anyone else. He’s God. But He didn’t let his rank, position or supremacy get in the way of what needed to be done, but on the contrary, because He was Supreme, He was the only one who clearly didn’t deserve that punishment on the cross. He could have avoided it, but because He loved you, and because He loved me, He put aside his position and gave up His life so we could go to heaven.
What is supreme in your life?