Today’s reading is one of my absolute favorites in all the Bible, and I think one of the passages that really shapes our view of who God is. It comes from Colossians 1: 15-20:
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16 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. 17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 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. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 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.
I love, love, love verse 15. It says here that He (Jesus) is the visible image of the invisible God. In other words, if you want to know who God is, look at Jesus. If you want to understand the heartbeat of the Father, understand who our God is, look to Jesus.
He shows us who God is. God is love. God is holy. God is compassionate. God is merciful. God calls us to go, to follow, to obey, to be His hands and feet, to be Salt and Light. To make a difference.
What I love about this passage is this reminder. It all comes down to Jesus. He is the head of the body, the Church. He is the first born over all of creation. He is the dividing point of all of human history. All things were made in Him and for Him, and through Him, all things are reconciled to God, through His blood.
It all comes down to Jesus. All of it.
So, in your life, in your faith, is He the main focus? He is our focus, above denominations, or theologies, or worship styles, or opinions, or any such thing.
Jesus. It all comes down to Jesus. Only He has the power to save, only He has the power to bring life, only He shows the heart of God.
If you want to know God, look at Jesus. Today, and each day, may we fix our eyes upon Him.