By Louis Smith
Today's Scripture: Colossians 1:15-20
Central Thought: Jesus Christ is preeminent over all.
'I am the greatest!” shouted one famous boxer during his hey-day. And he was great by boxing standards. He carved a place in sports history with his wins in the ring.
However great any of us become, though, there is still One who towers above us. This is the message of Paul in this passage. After dealing with Christ's redemption, Paul turned his attention to Christ's greatness. Any doubt about His being preeminent and supreme should vanish in light of these beautiful words.
Paul's verbal portrait of Christ reveals His supremacy. Paul described Christ as 'the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (v. 15, ESV). As Jesus said, 'Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:19, ESV).
Paul even described Him as the Creator by whom and for whom everything was created (v. 16). In verse 17, Paul pictured Him as the glue that holds the world together. In verse 18, He is the Head of the Church. In verse 19 we see His Deity, and in verse 20 His reconciliation.
He made us. He even keeps our lives from falling apart. Furthermore, He's the strong leader all mankind longs for, and He is the God many people long to know. Christ alone can bridge the vast gap between imperfect men and perfect God. What else can you call Him but the greatest?
Christ is indeed the greatest. Anyone who fails to live for Him falls short of knowing true greatness in his or her lifetime.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, I recognize You as supreme over everything. Help me live daily in a way that will illustrate Your supremacy in my life.
Today's Bible Reading: Jeremiah 2:31-4:18; Colossians 1:1-20; Psalm 76:1-12; Proverbs 24:21-22