COLOSSIANS 1:15-23 (NIV – UK)
The supremacy of the Son of God
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.
21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation – 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
JESUS AT THE CENTRE
Here we have a beautiful proclamation of the absolute centrality of Jesus to the whole cosmos. If it was ever questioned how central Jesus is to our lives, we need look no further than this passage.
The only way to know God (v. 15).
The one through whom all things were created (v. 16).
The one for whom all things were created (v. 16).
The Eternal Son, who was there before creation (v. 17).
The one who holds the entire universe together (v. 17).
The head of the Church (v. 18).
The triumphant resurrected one (v. 18).
The one who is fully divine (v. 19).
The one who offers us reconciliation through the cross (v. 20).
Jesus is not the one at the centre, not just of the church, but of the entire universe. He is the one who holds all things together. Perhaps that’s why the earth shook and the sun stopped shining for a few moments as Jesus breathed his last breath on the cross (See: Matt. 27:51 & Luke 23:45) – perhaps creation was beginning to unravel for those few moments.
What we do know is that Jesus is the rightful King of all creation – full of glory and power and majesty – all creation is orientated around him – he is at the centre. The question for us is this: what is our life orientated around? What or who is at the centre of our universe? Because the answer to that question is the most important decision we will ever make.
Question: Who or what do you think is at the centre of your universe? How does it make you feel to think that everything in the entire cosmos is centred on Jesus?