Jesus, the Preeminent One

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. - Colossians 1:15-17

By: David A. Medeiros

As the angels had proclaimed Jesus’ birth, Paul puts it in cosmic perspective. ”The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 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.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” 

“Firstborn over all creation” brings us to an insignificant country under foreign rule, a backwater town and a dusty barn with a newborn in “swaddling clothes” attended by shepherds, foreigners, and angels. Yet, this vulnerable baby was all that Paul wrote decades later. The Preeminent One had arrived!

By this inconspicuous birth, God is saying in ALL things the Son is in control. In our suburban world this may mean little. The comforts, sophistication, wealth, advantages, and  acceptance we enjoy may lead us to think we are in control. But this is an illusion. This illusion was shattered in my life one June day in a bookstore in North Conway. That day I had to bow to his will with an unwelcomed intervention in my life. In an instant, God made it clear that the running, avoiding, and denying were over regardless of what I thought or wanted. In that instant of revelation, I realized it is not about me. It is about him, his will, love, and grace. This was the lesson the ancient Israelites had to learn over and over. When God fulfilled his promise one night with the birth of a homeless child, they were still doing “what was right in their own eyes.”

So, as we approach Christmas Day, may we remember God’s faithfulness knows no bounds. He is not thwarted by person, place, or time. His sovereignty is over all our decisions. Indeed, “He has the whole world in his hands”. Amen.