The Supremacy Of God The Son
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.
Jesus was sent so that the invisible would be made visible. Jesus has said,
“And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form,”
“If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
“…Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”
Jesus came not only to bear witness to the truth; to seek and save the lost; but also to display His Father to all through Himself. Through the submission of Jesus to the Holy Spirit, He was able to display His Father through His words and actions. Jesus displayed relationship with the Father as well as the Father’s mercy, grace, righteousness, and justice. We get a clear picture of God the Father through God the Son.
Jesus was the firstborn among creation. He was the first person to experience resurrection in its fullest. Although other people were brought back to life from the dead, they eventually died again. Jesus has died, and was resurrected as the firstborn of creation. He has taken His place at the head of creation at the right hand of God.
There was nothing created that was not created by God the Son, Jesus Christ. He spoke everything into existence that was created, whether it was invisible or visible. Jesus created Satan and the heavenly host. He created the sun, the moon, the stars and the Earth. He created Adam and Eve, and even now, He knits us together in our mother’s wombs as we are created through childbirth. Everything that is created was created by Him and for Him. And God the Father gave Jesus all of creation, with the Earth as His footstool. He has won it back from Satan’s control through His perfect life, death, and resurrection.
Jesus holds all things together. He is rightly the head of the Church, for He founded it. He again was the firstborn through resurrection so that in all things, Jesus Christ is declared sovereign over all. There is nothing in the heavens or on Earth or below the Earth that Jesus is not sovereign. He rules from Heaven, and awaits the time for God the Father to reveal Him again to the world. His second coming will be as lion, though He first came as a lamb. All things will be completed when He arrives again.
Jesus chose to put aside His glory and majesty to show us the Father, and to reconcile us to the Father. All things will be reconciled to Him since He has paid the price to have them reconciled. It is through His perfect, sinless, shed blood that we are reconciled. He was the perfect and final sacrifice for all sin. Jesus has rightfully restored what Adam lost.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Are we remembering the sacrifice that Jesus made to reconcile us to the Father as we live our daily lives?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You are glorious to behold. You have shown us Yourself through Your Son, Jesus Christ. I am grateful that You love us so much to have sent Your Son to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Remember me this day, Father. Help me to keep in mind the great and terrible sacrifice that Jesus made to reconcile me to You. Even now, as I pray, You have given me this opportunity to come before You to praise You, present my concerns to You, and experience relationship with You, all because of the blood of Jesus Christ. May I never forget what it cost You to bring this about. This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.