Posts Tagged ‘Christology’

Who is Jesus?

June 25, 2012

A group of ministers and ministers-in-training were sitting around the other day discussing preaching themes and topics.  It just so happened that the next Sunday I was preaching on the most important topic.  I was preaching Christ.

Colossians 1:13-20

13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood,[a] the forgiveness of sins.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

He, meaning God, has delivered us from darkness.  Some Christians, like myself, have grown up in the church.  This is a testimony of the power of God to keep His people in a relationship.  For all of us parents who have raised our children in the church it is comforting to know that we do not have to walk away from God.  For people with this experience, we do not have much knowledge of life in the dark.

Other people have spent many years living in the darkness, for them the contrast of life before Christ, and life after Christ is crystal clear.

Jesus is a king, but His kingdom is not of this earth.  His kingdom will never end and it is the kingdom of light, filled with the love of God.

Jesus is the redeemer.  We are able to become a part of this kingdom only through our faith in Jesus who redeemed us by His blood.   Jesus is the only means of salvation.  There is no other way to be a part of the kingdom of God.

Jesus is the image of the invisible God.  God revealed His character through Jesus.  Christ told His disciples “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”

Jesus is the firstborn over all creation.  Some people mistakenly interpret this to mean that Jesus was the first thing created.  It is better understood as a metaphor, referring to Jesus place as head over all creation.

Jesus is the creator.  At creation, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all took part in the creation of the world.

In Jesus, all things hold together.  This is particularly fascinating to me.  Science can explain only so much of the mechanics of our universe.  The force that holds everything together is Christ Himself.

Jesus is the head of the church.   There are human leaders, here on earth, but no one can usurp the unique place of Christ as supreme leader of all believers.

Jesus is the first-born from the dead.  There were people in both the Old and New Testaments who were raised from the dead.  These people later died a natural death and their lives on earth were over.  Jesus was the first to be raised from the dead and given His new body.  One day we too, will be raised and will be like Him.

Jesus was fully God.  Jesus was a human, but He was also fully God.  This is impossible in human reasoning, but not impossible with God.

Christ is the way, the only way to be reconciled with God.  Some people read verse 20 and believe that all creation will be saved; that even the devil will one day be reconciled to God.  If Colossians 1:20 were the only verse in the scriptures then we might continue to think that is true.  There are more scriptures.

Revelation 20:12-15

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God,[a] and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.[b] 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

Clearly not all are saved.  Yet I believe that salvation is offered to all.  The problem is that not all receive salvation because they reject the offer of salvation in Christ and do not believe in the One who died for them.

John 3:16-19

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

So Jesus is our King, our redeemer, the image of God, the firstborn over all creation, the creator, sustainer, the head of the church, the first-born from the dead, He is God-in-the-flesh.

His offer of salvation is offered to all, but will we accept His offer?