Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Firstborn Over All Creation

Colossians 1:15-20

I remember when I found out that I was pregnant with my first child; it was such an amazing moment and my husband and I were so impatient to meet our baby.  Then when he was born, we went home and our life completely changed.  Everything was new to us - sleepless nights, nursing, diapers, and so on.  But there were other things that were new to us as well - overwhelming love for our precious baby, joy in seeing him smile, enjoying the sound of his laughter, and so on.  Every experience with him was brand new to us because he was our firstborn.  We learn in the Bible that Christ is the firstborn of all creation; please read Colossians 1:15-20.

I love how poetic these verses are:  "Christ is the visible image of the invisible God..."  Isn't that a wonderful thought?  Christ brought God's image to us.  He tells us that in John 14:8-10, when the disciples ask Jesus to show them God.  Jesus answered them by saying, "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father."  So we see that Christ tells us that when we see Him, we are seeing God.  Paul continued on in Colossians so we could understand what that means.  We learn in these verses that Christ is supreme over all things.  We learn that he existed before anything was created.  I love how the NIV puts it, which is worded closer to the Greek, "...the firstborn over all Creation."  As I think about how fresh and new everything was as a new parent, I think of the intimacy of Christ.  What a beautiful way to think about God and Jesus - the firstborn over all creation.

We know that Christ and God are one and that Jesus is God's Word in John 1, but the mystery of Christ also being human is amazing which we also read about in John 1.  We see that before anything was created, God's firstborn was His Word.  Paul continues to write that everything was created through Him - which was His spoken Word.  We are told that through Jesus everything we see and even the things we cannot see were created.  You were created through Christ!  And Christ is over all things - even if all things still do not recognize His authority.  This is just one more reason to praise our amazing Creator.

What does it mean to you that Christ is the "firstborn over all creation?"

This post is linked with On Your Heart Tuesdays.

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