Sawyers Church Daily Devotions
Monday 9th July 2018
This Sunday we started a new series looking at the Supremacy of Christ.
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. (Colossians 1 v 15 – 17)
Colossians is one of four letters Paul wrote from Prison in Rome, about AD 61.
This letter has a sharp focus: Paul wrote to combat a peculiar heresy that seemed to blend occult superstition with a hollow and deceptive philosophy. The effect of the heresy was to rob Christ of His central role in the Christian faith. To oppose it, Paul provided one of Scripture’s clearest and most powerful statements of who Jesus is and what he has done. Paul then went on to describe the way of life that is appropriate for those who know the real Jesus, and shows us that true spirituality is living a godly life in this present world.
For us to understand the awesomeness of God it is impossible – he is far beyond our comprehension. We see his creation and marvel at his wonders. We may see his work in our lives and see the evidence of his intervention time and time again – but how can we grasp and understand his almighty power and the depth of his love. The Bible tells us that He is eternal; He has no beginning and no end. It also tells us, He is all powerful, all knowing and everywhere. He is our perfect Heavenly Father, the Good Shepherd, the Prince of Peace and the Alpha and Omega. He is also the Judge of all the earth and He is completely sinless and perfect in every way. Friends we have to be honest – to fully understanding Him is beyond our comprehension.
Job who was a character in the Old Testament who experienced the highs and lows of life and tried to work out why? He eventually said:
How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out. (Job 36 v 26)
But here is the revelation; as we look at our passage in Colossians this first verse of the passage says otherwise
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation”
Jesus is the image of the invisible God – He makes God known to us. He is fully man and fully God – we call it the incarnation.
This is an amazing statement by the Apostle Paul to the church in Colossi who had reduced Jesus to a superstitious figure; a lucky charm. Paul tells the church that Jesus is “Supreme” which means he literally “holds the first place”in everything.
On a practical level – every time we see Jesus teaching, healing, forgiving and challenging we see another aspect of God Almighty revealed.
- When Jesus told the story of the Prodigal Son he was showing us that God longs for us to come to Him – His arms are stretched out towards us, waiting for us to come home to Him.
- When Jesus calmed the storm he was showing us that God has power over the elements and has the power to calm the storms in our lives.
- When Jesus heeled the beggar he was showing us that God is interested in the person that everyone else has discarded. He is interested in the person whose life has not gone according to plan.
- When Jesus healed the sick he was showing us that God has the power to heal and restore.
- When Jesus died on the cross he was showing us God’s unequaled love for mankind and making a way for us all to know the Father.
Does Jesus hold the first place in your life?
Have a great day
Senior Pastor at Sawyers Church