Who Is Jesus?
Day: 21 | Plan: Christ Alone
Today’s Reading: Colossians 1
Colossians 1:15 (NIV) “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.”
Who is Jesus? Who has answered this question for you in the past? Your pastor? Sunday school teacher? Parents? Bible study leader?
Today, Paul answers this question for us. He addresses this issue head-on because of the false teachers challenging the nature and deity of Jesus in Colossae.
I love that just before Paul embarks on this rich teaching about Jesus, he prays for spiritual wisdom and understanding for God’s people. (Colossians 1:9) I am praying the same for us.
Jesus is “the image of the invisible God.”
“Image” is from the Greek word eikon, meaning a mirror-like representation, the very substance or embodiment of something. Jesus is the exact representation of His Father. He is the visible manifestation of the invisible God. In John 14:9b, Jesus confirms this when He says, “anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”
Jesus embodies the very nature and character of God. He unveils the beauty of His Father’s heart. We see it in the mercy He extends to the woman caught in adultery. (John 8) In the compassion He exhibits to Mary and Martha when He raises Lazarus from the dead. (John 11) And in the magnificent power He displays when He calms the storm. (Luke 8)
The author of Hebrews captures it beautifully: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Hebrews 1:3a).
Jesus is “the firstborn over all creation.”
“Firstborn” is from the Greek word prototokos, meaning first in time, pre-eminent. Jesus has always been and always will be. He is not a created being. Jesus was there with God in the beginning. Not sitting on the sidelines observing God’s work. Jesus was working, shaping, forming, creating! (Genesis 1:26; John 1:1-3; Hebrews 1:10-12) Jesus wove His purpose into every created thing … what we see with our eyes and what we don’t.
Jesus is the master craftsmen. It’s by Him, through Him and for Him that all things were created. (Colossians 1:15-16) This is why the wind and waves obey Him. This is why salvation comes when we call Him Lord and Savior.
NOTHING exists for itself. EVERYTHING exists for Jesus – to make Jesus more fully known.
That includes you and me, my friend. We are God’s handiwork, created in His image. He created us with great intentionality and purpose. Every bit of who we are … our personality, gifts, talents, size, skin color, gender, intellect … was created to make Him known.
So, wherever God has planted you, stand confidently in who He has created you to be. Live expectantly, looking for ways He can use every bit of who you are to make Him fully known. Invite God to use you in your corner of the world to bring God’s mercy, grace, light, hope, power and love into every life you touch!
Prayer: Father, thank You for the truths we learned today. Jesus is the exact image of You. When we see Him, we see You. When we experience Jesus through the pages of Scripture, we experience You. We are created in Your image. Help us to believe and walk confidently in that truth. Help us to live in the fullness of that image. Help us be the hands and feet of Jesus to make Him known for Your glory! In Jesus’ name, amen.
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