This coming Sunday our Sunday school class will start a new study using the book “Christ is All!” One of the objectives of this study is to encourage people to talk and share with one another the great things Jesus Christ is doing in their lives and in their world. The author, David Bryant, feels that the greatest crisis facing Christians and the church today is a crisis of supremacy. He sees a serious shortfall in how we see, seek and speak about Christ for all He is (present tense) and all He has done (past tense). There is an aching absence of a dynamic relationship with the Lord Jesus for many Christians today. We need to be reintroduced to the grandeur, greatness and glory of the one we call our Savior. We need to have the same sense of awe and amazement at the supremacy of Christ that Paul had when he wrote to the believers in Colossae.
The short letter to the Colossians is filled with profound statements of the preeminence and supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the 1st chapter Paul begins by telling us that “He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation”, (v. 15 NIV). This passage teaches that Jesus Christ is the express image of God. The word “image” speaks of likeness, representation or manifestation that perfectly resembles and reveals the original. It was the word that would be used in the minting of coins with Caesar’s image stamped on the coin. When we look at Jesus we see God exactly as He is. Nothing of God is lacking in the person of His Son, Jesus is the exact counterpart who reveals the invisible God. The God of the universe is not visible to human sight but He has revealed Himself completely in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Remember in the prologue of John’s gospel He tells us “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being”, (1:1-3 NASB). Paul also reinforces that same truth when he says in the 1st chapter of Colossians “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created by Him and for Him (v.16 NASB). What incredible and amazing power resides in the person of Jesus Christ. He really holds the whole world in His hands. But He didn’t stop by creating all that is.
Returning to the 1st chapter of John’s gospel we read “and the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth”, (v. 14 NASB). While Paul sets forth Christ’s unique majesty and supreme dignity by showing his relation to God and to the created universe before His incarnation, John reminds us that the Word (deity) became flesh. Jesus alone is the authentic mirror to view God and to understand God’s nature. Jesus reveals the invisible God and those who knew Jesus best were amazed and astonished that He was “full of grace and truth”.
Consider Paul’s (Saul’s) pre-conversion view of the Lord Jesus Christ. Saul saw Jesus as a religious phony, a false prophet, and a threat to the religious establishment that he prided himself in. But when he met Jesus he knew he had met the living God of the universe. WOW. Later on in Colossians in the 2nd chapter Paul would write “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form (v.9 NASB). Not only does Jesus change our hearts and lives but He changes our thought processes as well. Jesus is the cause of creation, everything owes its existence to the creative work of Christ as God’s agent in creation. But He is also the author of our salvation. Have you told anyone lately about the great salvation Jesus has provided for you? The grand end of all our endeavors should ever be to glorify Christ Jesus. Jesus is the Lord of creation and Lord of His church, but let me ask you, is He Lord of your life? If so look for someone today to tell about your amazing Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ who reigns in supremacy above all! All praise to our great Savior.
Pastor Rich Sivo