Tucked snuggly into chapter one of Colossians is a section of utter brilliance. Noted by many as the centerpiece of the entire letter it reads:
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.
Called by some as, "One of the great Christological passages of the New Testament." F. F. Bruce, it serves as a reminder that at the center of everything is our understanding, belief, and pursuit of Jesus. Regarded by many scholars as a hymn of the earliest churches, it would have served as a unifying, teachable, profound theology put to song and would have grounded the first followers of Jesus in the truth and power of His character. Not the kind of song you hear in the top 40 these days.
A.W. Tozer once remarked, "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." I think in some way that is the heart of these six verses. The Apostle Paul's way of helping us all with our view of Jesus, challenging us to go bigger, go deeper, and to go wider in our view of Jesus.
Let me encourage you to think through these six verses and consider your own view of Jesus. Let this ancient song shape your perspective about the true grandeur and majesty of Jesus.
See you on Sunday - Bradley