November 4 – Jesus is First in Everything!

Colossians 1: 18 – 29  (NLT)

“18 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.
19 For God in all his fullness
    was pleased to live in Christ,
20 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.”

Yesterday we looked at Jesus the creator, the one who created everything and holds it all together. Today, we see Jesus at work in our world. Christ is the head of the church!

We definitely belong to Jesus; we are his body. The second part of verse 18 is sometimes misinterpreted. The Bible tells accounts of people being raised from the dead, even in the Old Testament. So how is Christ supreme over all who rise from the dead?  He is the first to rise from the dead and stay alive. Others were brought back to life, only to die again later. So Christ is the first to rise and stay alive, just as all believers will when someday we experience eternal life with him. 

These verses also talk about Christ being fully human and fully God at the same time – something that is very difficult for us to comprehend. But it is the truth – “God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ.”  That is why Christ’s death completely reconciles us to God – only God’s perfection was good enough to take the punishment for our sin. 

Isn’t God’s love for us incredible? He cared enough for us to actually become human and die for us. We took a look at that wonderful person, and decided he needed to die. He was challenging our notions of how to relate to God. Jesus knew we were like that, and he still came!

Let’s look at all those verses again. This is who Jesus is.  This is what Jesus has done. Isn’t it amazing that Creator God would do all that for us?

“15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
    He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything
    in the heavenly realms and on 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.
17 He existed before anything else,
    and he holds all creation together.”
“18 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.
19 For God in all his fullness
    was pleased to live in Christ,
20 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.”

Our song for today is Jesus by Chris Tomlin.

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