The beloved son is Jesus. But who is he? The son of Joseph and Mary? A wise man or a prophet? An advocate for change, for social justice, a man who died before his ministry was finished? A man who is dead? And a man who is outdated?
The real Jesus
Colossians is an eye opener for those who have heard any of the suggested descriptions above. It’s not completely understandable, but true. How do I know it’s true? It’s in the very lives of people who have genuinely and humbly devoted themselves wholly to Jesus and His service to the people He loves and may not know Him yet. So per my series I’m using scripture from Colossians.
(Colossians 1:15-17 WEB) 15Who is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature: 16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are upon earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
The term “first-born” is not a completely accurate term. The word “pre-eminent” is more accurate. God is the Creator, but Jesus had a pivotal role it appears. And it says “by him all things consist“. I have a simple explanation for this. It’s in the following scripture passage. And it answers the question about why Jesus would have to die for our sins – and why He could.
(Isaiah 59:14-17 WEB) 14And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. 15Yes, truth faileth; and he [that] departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw [it], and it displeased him that [there was] no judgment. 16And he saw that [there was] no man, and wondered that [there was] no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation to him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. 17For he put on righteousness as a breast-plate, and a helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance [for] clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
I believe the arm of God was Jesus – it adds up. It also explains to me the belief in His divinity. There’s a lot to take in between Paul’s letter and the Prophet Isaiah. This is a beginning of a look at the Trinity, which word doesn’t exist in scripture, but there are dozens of examples in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.
Another good way to look at God and Jesus is in the following video.
What are the leadership qualities of Jesus? Where were they learned? Were they from your father or your mother? Are you a leader in your job, or are you the follower? Do we need to be a leader in our job before we lead in our family and church?
Even though Jesus had all of the heavenly host at His command, did He use them? If Jesus was a leader, did He give orders or was He a facilitator? As head of your household, how might you lead in ways differently now that you’ve read this passage?
Are you a boss or a facilitator in your home? Are you stern, a good listener, a parent, or a spiritual leader? Are you convicted in your leadership at home and the church? Do your fight against your flesh to become righteous at home and the church? Are you a servant to all?
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