June 25 - Colossians 1:15-20

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And 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, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. 

Who is Jesus Christ?

He is God. All things were created not only through him, but for him. He is the head of all things, including the church. By his death and resurrection, we have been given an opportunity to choose eternal life.

These words assert Paul’s understanding of who Jesus is in the scheme of eternity.

When the angels proclaimed “Peace on Earth” at his birth, they foretold the moment in time when through Jesus’ death on the cross as the ultimate sacrifice, we would no longer be separated from God.  The curtain in the temple which was the symbol of that separation was ripped into two pieces allowing full and complete access by all of humanity to the throne room in heaven.

We are reconciled to God because Jesus Christ came to earth as an infant, lived among us and then died on the cross as the final sacrifice.

We take this for granted, we live as if it makes no difference.

But it changed everything.

His life and death made peace possible between us and our Creator.