Colossians – Behold Him

Today as he began his third sermon in Colossians, David explained why he chose this book to study following Revelation.

In Revelation we learned that the book was written so that we might know Jesus better and follow Him better.

At the end of the series we were instructed and encouraged to behold Him – the Son of God, the First and Last, the King of Kings – and so many more descriptions of Jesus revealed in Revelation.

Therefore, one of the main reasons for choosing Colossians was because of its focus on Jesus. Colossians 1 contains one of the most inspiring descriptions regarding the centrality and supremacy of Jesus ever written.

Last week we learned that God has done 5 things for believers through the ages.

He has qualified, delivered, transferred, redeemed and forgiven us. At the heart of this life-changing work is Jesus. This is why Paul and Timothy turn the spotlight on Jesus in today’s reading (which some believe are the lyrics of a hymn or poem),

This is important to remember because we can become so over-familiar with hearing about Jesus, that we can become preoccupied or distracted – and He doesn’t capture our hearts as He once did.

We therefore need to keep refocusing and intentionally behold Him. This is paramount to our faith and to abiding in Jesus.

Colossians 1 contains truths about Jesus that we need to keep hearing on a regular basis.

HE IS “THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD”

Although no-one has seen God, Jesus makes the character and nature of Father God visible. Jesus said to Philip “whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

We are also created in the image of God, but Jesus shows what we are meant to be in terms of our character.

HE IS “THE FIRSTBORN OF ALL CREATION”

This does not mean that Jesus was a ‘created being’ (a dangerous idea taught by certain religious groups). Rather the term means ‘first in rank or honour.’

Verse 16 emphasises this truth by stating that Jesus Himself is the Creator of all things – ‘for by Him all things were created.’ This includes thrones, dominions, rulers and authorities – ALL things.

Verses 16-17 also state that ‘all things were created through Him and for Him’ and ‘in Him all things hold together.’

Jesus is therefore not only the Creator, but the goal and sustainer of all things.

“HE IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY, THE CHURCH”

Jesus is the source of the life and power of the church. A church without Jesus as its head will lack life, power, direction, and control.

“HE IS THE BEGINNING, THE FIRSTBORN FROM AMONG THE DEAD”

This does not mean that Jesus was the first to be raised from the dead – but rather that His resurrection was the greatest of all. His resurrection means that all Christians will also be resurrected.

If Jesus is first in everything, then for those who belong to Him, He needs to be first in every aspect of their lives.

HE HAS RECONCILED ALL THINGS IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH TO HIMSELF

Although creation is currently in bondage and decay, one day it will be reconciled to God because He made peace by the blood of His cross.

Although we were once alienated and hostile, separated because of our sin, we have also been reconciled by His shed blood. We were once enemies-now friends, once sinners-now saints.

Because of His reconciling work (it is always God who takes the initiative) – we are now holy and blameless before Him.

Paul and Timothy emphasise the need to continue believing and living the truth that we have heard – ‘But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received.’ Vs23

Reflection

  • Have you been reconciled to Christ? The good news is that there is peace and reconciliation because of Jesus and His death on the cross.
  • Re-read Colossians 1:15-23 to fuel your faith and your worship.

Prayer

  • May we continue to believe and stand firm in the truth.
Ene Horan

Ene Horan

Hi I’m Ene, I have been coming to Windsor for many years and am currently working on the audio-visual team. I am wife to Paul and we have teenaged twins called Leah and Matthew. I am a doctor and I love sports, listening to and playing music and crafting – I’m rarely found without my crochet nearby!
Ene Horan
Hi I’m Ene, I have been coming to Windsor for many years and am currently working on the audio-visual team. I am wife to Paul and we have teenaged twins called Leah and Matthew. I am a doctor and I love sports, listening to and playing music and crafting – I’m rarely found without my crochet nearby!