Lent – Day 36: Tuesday, 30 March
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 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.
17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 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.
19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
This beautiful passage describes God the Son, before he came to earth, on earth, and now. The man we know as Jesus came to show us Father God and his kingdom. Jesus revealed the ways of God’s kingdom through parables and preaching, but also through his works of miracles, healings and casting out of demons. He became the Way to Father God when he died a sinless death.
In Jesus and his Kingdom life we see true reflections of Father God, God the invisible.
The Son is pre-eminent (having the rights of the first-born, though existing from eternity) over all creation, having been active in its planning and execution. We are reminded that through the Son even the heavenly beings were created. What the Father wills, the Son makes happen.
He is also the first to be clothed in a new body, the body he took on at his resurrection. It bears the marks of his crucifixion as an eternal reminder, to all who will gaze on him in glory, that he was obedient to death so that we may know Father God’s love. We will worship and adore him for all eternity. If that doesn’t sound exciting then you may not have fully acknowledged the fullness of God that dwelt in Jesus, or the sacrifice Jesus made for you, personally.
All of God’s fullness. There were times when the human Jesus creaked under the weight of his mission. He knew where he had come from. His desire was to be back home, but not before he’d brought salvation to a broken world.
The world is still broken in many places. Jesus has passed on to his Church the task of mission and reconciliation, but he remains our Supreme Head.
Can the Church fail with Christ Jesus as Head?
Have we as Church (as revealed in our various fellowships and groups) structured ourselves fully to carry out the commission placed on us?
Father God, I thank you for your Son, who in loving obedience to you became human. Your grace overflows in this act of everlasting kindness. He is everything I need to enable me to come before you, because he gave his life for me. By your Holy Spirit bring his life into mine, I pray. Amen.