There are rare precious moments in life where you meet someone who changes everything. And when that happens, you’ll want to find out everything you can about that person…

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Colossians 1:15–23 (NIV)
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
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In a world that assumes the status is quo, that things have to be the way they are and that we must not assume too much about improving them, the doxologies of God’s people are fundamental indicators that wonders have not ceased, that possibilities not yet dreamt of will happen, and that hope is an authentic stance. Patrick D. Miller

What [you] need to know above all, if [you] are to grow as Christians, increasing in wisdom, power, patience and thanksgiving, is the centrality and supremacy of Jesus Christ. The more [you] get to know, and know about, Jesus Christ, the more [you] will understand who the true God is and what he’s done; who [you] are as a result; and what it means to live in and for him. Much of the rest of the letter, in fact, is an exploration of the meaning of the poem. Look on to 2:3, for instance, where Paul declares that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ himself.

Outline (v. 15-20: How Is Jesus a Big Deal)

  1. It’s by looking at Jesus that we discover who God is. He is ‘the image of God, the invisible one’. Nobody has ever seen God, but in Jesus he has come near to us and become one of us. The great thing about that is that the more we look at Jesus, the more we realize that the true God is the God of utter self-giving love.
  2. Jesus holds together the old world and the new, creation and new creation. Jesus Christ, says the poem boldly, is the one through whom and for whom the whole creation was made in the first place
  3.  Jesus is therefore the blueprint for the genuine humanness which is on offer through the gospel. – N.T. Wright

Paul insists that “life will ultimately work only one way—God’s way made manifest in the humanity of Jesus once and for all.” If we ignore that way or spurn it, we will face the same fate as the builders of the tower of Babel, who exalted themselves over their Creator. The only way we can ever make sense of life and find our own way in it is to recognize that Christ is the converging point of the transcendent God’s activity in the arena of human history. He is the interpretive key for understanding the meaning of creation, the purpose of life, and its goal (John 14:6)…
If Christ is Lord over all creation, then Christ is also Lord over every aspect of human life. This includes our social world, our Christian community, and our physical environment. Our forgiveness by God is part of God’s purpose for the whole cosmos to reconcile all creation to himself. God does not restrict this reconciliation to one segment of creation—humans. The whole creation groans and longs for the revealing of the sons of God (Rom. 8:15–29), when the world will be brought back to its “divinely created and determined order.” – David Garland