OUR THEME FOR 2014
THE PREEMINENCE OF CHRIST
September 6, 2013
We are empowered to witness. Witness to what, or rather, to whom? We witness to Jesus Christ. And who or what is he?
“He is the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15a). Jesus himself said that if we have seen him, then we have seen the Father. God became man and walked among us. How awesome is that?! “Know that the Lord is God” (Ps 100:3a).
“For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, …. all things were created through him and for him.” (Col 1:16). Creation came about because of Christ. He is the power behind that awesome miraculous work of creation. He is the focal point of all creation. All creation is for him, at his service. “He made us, we belong to him” (Ps 100:3b).
“He is before all things” (Col 1:17a). Jesus is preeminent. He is first, he is most important, and nothing compares with him. Everything is dependent upon him. He is the cornerstone.
“He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead” (Col 1:18b). By his death and resurrection, Jesus assured us a new beginning. We are saved. We are returned to our relationship with the Father as His children. We look to life after death. From the beginning, to the end, “his mercy endures forever” (Ps 100:5b).
“He is the head of the body, the church.” (Col 1:18a). We the Church are his body. We individually are temples of his Holy Spirit. We are the bride of the divine Bridegroom. What a blessing this is. We are not left to our own devices, for Jesus is always there for us, leading and guiding and empowering us.
“And in him all things hold together.” (Col 1:17b). Our humanity and sinfulness lead to strife and division, even to war and genocide. It is only Jesus, the Prince of Peace, who can bring diverse peoples together, and hold them together. Peoples need to subject themselves to Jesus as Lord, and know that “we are his people, the flock he shepherds.” (Ps 100:3c).
“For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell” (Col 1:19). Jesus is the fullness of grace, of wisdom, of strength and power, of love and mercy, of joy, of hope, of all that is good. “Good indeed is the Lord” (Ps 100:5a).
Jesus is God, Jesus is the focal point of creation, Jesus is fullness of all that is good, but Jesus came to be man to suffer and die for us. How awesome is that?! Only with Jesus did it become possible “through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the blood of his cross” (Col 1:20a). Jesus shed his precious blood in order that we might be reconciled to God. And only in Jesus is there reconciliation and peace for everyone else. Indeed, “his faithfulness lasts through every generation.” (Ps 100:5c).
How then should we respond to these awesome realities? We give Jesus the worship that is his due, as we “enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise.” (Ps 100:4a). We allow our hearts to be filled with gratitude, as we “give thanks to him, bless his name” (Ps 100:4b). We rejoice in the Lord always, as we “shout joyfully to the Lord” and “come before him with joyful song.” (Ps 100:1b,2b).
But the wonder of Jesus is not just for ourselves. Jesus is to be shared to “all the lands” (Ps 100:1c). Thus we witness to Jesus. We proclaim the good news of salvation in him. We give our all and “serve the Lord with gladness” (Ps 100:2a). We expend our lives so “that in all things he himself might be preeminent.” (Col 1:18c).
You have been saved. You have been called and chosen. You have been equipped. You are being sent forth. So go and witness to Jesus.
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