By Adam Pursel
The big idea for this series through Colossians is, “Just because it’s new, doesn’t mean it’s true.” This big idea is tough for us for at least two reasons. First, we are obsessed with new. Our culture inundates us with information, all of which calls out for our immediate, fleeting attention. Second, our default position is generally one of indifference towards truth. We aren’t on a quest for truth; we’re on a quest for happiness. Most of the time, we’re not even asking the question, “Is this true?” We’re asking a much more visceral question, “Does this make me happy?” Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying that nobody ever cares about matters of truth. What I am saying is that our default position is to deeply and passionately pursue those things that we believe will contribute to our happiness. If the happy-making things happen also to be true things, then that is literally a happy coincidence.
Knowing this about ourselves will – I hope – help us as we turn our attention to a passage that offers us neither new information nor a quick path to personal happiness. As you read, I invite you to consider the possibility that the best way to be truly, deeply happy is to increasingly see and savor God’s Son, Jesus the Christ. As Paul celebrates our risen Lord, allow your heart to be stirred to worship God; He alone is worthy, and the passage below reminds us of how extraordinary Jesus is…and He is ours!
Before you read below, please take just a moment to pray, asking God to reveal to you the beauty and greatness of the Word of God.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 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. 17 And 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, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
To conclude this blog post, I would like to give you an assignment, consisting of three questions. Please take a few moments and answer them. I would encourage you to write down your answers and (if you’re brave!) discuss them with a trusted friend.
- What do you tend to think about when you think about Jesus? How does that connect (or not) to the passage above?
- List all of the things that Colossians 1:15-23 declares to us about Jesus. Looking at what you listed, what stands out to you the most? Why?
- What else did God reveal to you from this passage?
May you experience and share the love of Jesus the Christ, today and always.