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.
How can you read these few verses and not just fall into one of those “Wow!” moments? Even if you only read the first sentence: Wow!
It is ‘content rich’ to say the least. Consider the first sentence, The Son of God, Jesus the Christ, is the image of the invisible God; let that sink in… People sometimes ask how they can know God, and the answer is to look at Jesus Christ! He was here, on this earth as a man. He is a historical figure, who left behind a written record of what He thought, said and did. He was a Teacher, so His teachings are there for all to see. He was the image of God, and He spoke directly to us, so if we want to know what God is like, learn what Jesus was like… and you will have it! Jesus, the Son, is also the firstborn of all creation, don’t skip that phrase! You and I are part of the Creation of which Jesus is the firstborn… yes, that means you and I are meant to have a relationship with Him, after all that is why He came to the earth in the first place. Oh, my, reflect on that for a while… This is exciting!
Moving on, we see that in Him all things were created, both in heaven and on earth. Of course we know that Jesus was present when God spoke the word and the universe came into being, but now it seems that Jesus might have actually done the talking. A careful reading of John 1 will confirm that Jesus was actually the Word itself! He is not only the firstborn, but the Word that created everything. All I can say is “WOW!”
Every single thing there was, is, or will be was created by, through and for Jesus Christ, including you, including me. There are certain times when the enormity of something makes it difficult to describe it with mere words, and this is one of them.
Our Lord, the Son, is the head of the Body, which is the church of which all Christians are a part. Yes, you and I are a part of the Body of the One who created everything.
He is also the firstborn of the dead, which is to say that He is the first to die, and then to rise again in glory, but He is not to be the last, for you and I will also arise in glory in due course.
I hope that you will take a little time to reflect and pray on these few verses. As you do, please consider that this Jesus wants a relationship with YOU! He is there, He is calling your name, will you respond? No, that question was not for the unbelievers! It is directed by me to all of us, including myself, who profess to be His followers. Will we all join together to answer His call to relationship, intimate relationship, with the One who created all, who arose from the dead to prepare our way; will we respond to His invitation, to pull up our chairs and listen at His side as He shares with each of us?