On Nov. 24, Pastor Jim preaches on Colossians 1:15-20.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him.17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
The “He” described in the letter to the Colossians by the Apostle Paul is none other than Jesus. This passage presents what is known in the trade as “High Christology.” Jesus is much more than a humble carpenter or an itinerant Rabbi. He is God.
Paul describes God as being invisible, an accurate description. When’s the last time you’ve seen God? Not just in a spiritual sense. I mean, really laid eyes on the Lord?
One of my favorite hymns is “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise,” which describes the invisibility of God. The second line describes God as being “In light inaccessible hid from our eyes.”
Our Hebrew faith ancestors believed that it actually was impossible to look at God and live. In Exodus 33:20 God says, “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
And yet we can see God. We can see God when we look at Jesus. Jesus is the image of the invisible God. Paul writes, “In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell…” The good news is told in the second part of the sentence, “…and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace through the blood of his cross.”
God was pleased to dwell in Jesus and pleased to reconcile all things through Jesus! That, if you haven’t noticed, is good news.