The Image of God by Virgil Stripes
Colossians 1:15-20 (ESV)
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.
This passage reminds us of how Jesus is supreme over everything. In fact as it says, “All things were created through Him and for Him.” And yet, He sacrificed Himself to reconcile us to the Father. I know, I know, I hit this subject time and time again. But that is because it blows my mind that the God of the universe did so much for me. Even before I was conceived, and yet, because God is not limited by time and space. He knew me and saw me from before time began. So His death and resurrection are for me.
Let us consider that for a moment. Jesus, God of the universe, Who is above and beyond time, limited Himself to a human experience for a time. He was born a human. He had to be fed by His mother, Mary. He probably skinned His knees once or twice. He learned carpentry from His earthly father, Joseph. These things are amazing to me.
I want to be able to understand more about this amazing God Who gave all for me. So I spend time thinking and wondering about all these things. As we start the middle of the work week, let us pause a little, and think of the majesty of God, and what He gave for us.
Picture is the sunrise over the Sea of Galilee.