By Brooke Holt
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 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.” (Colossians 1:13-20)
The most important question you can ever ask: who is Jesus? It has certainly been a popular question throughout the ages with many different answers: the Son of God, the Word made flesh, a good teacher, a prophet, or just another man. Maybe an even more important question is, who is Jesus to you? What do you believe about him, and how does that belief shape your life?
As Paul wrote to the church in Colossae, he sought to answer this question about Jesus. In these seven verses of Colossians, Paul explained Jesus is the beloved Son of God, the way of redemption and forgiveness, the image of God in the flesh, the creator, the sustainer of all things, the infinite one, the head of the body, the supreme authority in heaven and earth, and the one to bring reconciliation. That is a lot to convey in just seven verses! Take time to consider if you are experiencing Jesus in all these capacities. Is he your rescuer, the one in whom you find salvation and the forgiveness of sins? Is he your authority? Do you believe he is infinite in every way and fully in control of your life? Do you believe he can bring reconciliation to this world, and are you cooperating with that plan?
Jesus came to reveal the Father to us. God in the flesh. In Christ, we see the Father’s steadfast and perfect love for his people as well. In Jesus, we find our identity as children of God, holy and beloved, welcomed and redeemed. In Jesus, we can find the faithful way forward for every conflict in this world as he made the way for our reconciliation first to the Father and then to one another.
Paul longed for his readers to know and understand Jesus was and is the great rescuer. He came to save you from the domain of darkness that you may live in his kingdom here on earth and then in heaven. He loves you and wants you to live in the fullness of that love. Who is Jesus to you? Who do you proclaim him to be to others in your words and by how you live your life?
These are and will continue to be the most important questions we could ever ask.
What does the Lord want you to know about his Son today? How is he inviting you into a deeper relationship with his Son to receive even more of his glorious love, power, and grace so that you may thrive in this life and the life to come? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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