Friday, June 22, 2012

Jesus Is First

I am second, hmm... no, actually maybe third.

Colossians 1:15-19  Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,  16 for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see--such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him.  17 He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together.

18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is His body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So He is first in everything. 19 For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, 20 and through Him God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross.

It is important to have the proper point of view of Jesus, he isn't somebody that God invented to help us out, we need to know that Jesus is God himself. Some modern day religions try to say that Jesus was an angel or that God birthed a Son through the virgin Mary but the Bible is clear that Jesus is God as part of the trinity and Jesus was always with God and even participated in creation.

Jesus is Lord of creation

Jesus told us that he is God, other people told us that Jesus is God, even the demons acknowledged that Jesus was God, but in case you didn't get it Paul tells us again about who Jesus is. The invisible God is made known to us through Jesus, the Bible is clear that Jesus is not an angelic being, he is part of the trinity.

Jesus was a part of creation, everything that we can see and even the things in the spirit world that are invisible to us, it was all made through him and for his glory. He is the source of everything and he is in control of everything seen and unseen.

Jesus is Lord of the new creation

Jesus is not only the source of the physical creation, because of his resurrection from the dead, he is also the beginning of a new creation, the church. The church is his body of believers that have peace with God through Christ payment for our sin debt. Jesus blood made our relationship with God right again and now I can live in perfect harmony with him forever.

Jesus is Lord of my life

Philippians 2:3-7  Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.  Instead, He gave up His divine privileges.
It is amazing how we think that life is all about ourselves. Our culture tells us to look out for number one and get every good thing that you can get your hands on, after-all, you deserve it. That kind of attitude will keep us focused on ourselves which is something that the Bible doesn't allow us to do.

Since Jesus, who was God, was humble and took on the attitude of a servant, he never looked out for his rights, then how can I have a selfish attitude? How dare I say that I am too good to help somebody or how dare I say that I deserve to have this or that.

I have already been treated way better than I deserve, I need to follow God's example and put others ahead of myself, I need to love God first then others so that the spotlight isn't on me.

Help me to live by your example Lord.