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Today’s reading is just one of my favorites in the entire Bible. I know I say that a lot. But really. This one is. This is one of those passages that just unlocks everything for us. Just listen to what it says in Colossians 1: 15-20:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
It tells us who God is. Wait, what? Yep. This passage tells us who God is. It says this. Jesus Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. If you want to know God, look to Jesus.
Now, we believe in a God that is Three in One. Trinity. Triune. By the way, here’s a link to a great book I’m reading that does as good a job of unpacking the Trinity as anything I’ve ever read.
But, there is something special about Jesus. In Jesus, we see God’s heart. We see the love of God. The mercy of God. The acceptance of God. We really see in a special why who God is. Jesus shows us who God is.
But also, we see this. We don’t believe in just sort of a “spiritual” God. Our culture talks a lot about God, but who is this God? It is the God as shown to us in Jesus.
A God that forgives, but calls us to be holy. A good that seeks the broken, and calls us all to follow Him. A God that died for our sins, shows us the depth of His love, and rose from the dead.
A God of the cross. Of the empty grave. Of resurrection. Of the destruction of sin, death, and the grave.
Jesus shows us God’s heart. But He also shows us exactly who God is.
That’s why I love this passage. And that’s why it matters.
It answers the question of who is God?
Jesus. The answer is Jesus.
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