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.
Comment: Jesus is the central figure of all the Bible. Admittedly some of the references to Him and His first and second comings need more than a quick glance to understand. But here is one of several passages in the Bible which seek to make crystal clear who Jesus is.
- Look at Him and you see a perfect reflection of God! For us it would be like looking in a mirror. The word ‘firstborn’ here is used in one of its Biblical meanings referring to His rank as the most important. not to Him as coming later onto the eternal scene.
- He is the creator of everything seen and unseen – of everything!
- He sustains the creation which He has brought into existence.’ otherwise it would implode.
- He is the Head of the church, being, as the word ‘firstborn’ is used here, the first to be risen from the dead. As God, by His death on the Cross, He is able to reconcile the ‘lost world’.
Prayer: Help me to see the depth of the claims of this revelation, O my God.