I preached yesterday about the supremacy of Christ yesterday and looked at Colossians 1: 15 – 20 where Jesus is amazingly described by Paul as the image of the invisible God. I love that phrase; The Greek is literally, Jesus is ‘a portrait of God invisible’. He is first born over creation, with all the rights and privileges that are included and then Paul, seeming to anticipate an objection goes on to clarify that he was not created but instead was instrumental in creating everything.
For added measure he was the first to rise from the dead so that he can have supremacy in all things (Just so that there will be no argument about who is first out of the ground). Then comes the clincher: It was the Father’s pleasure for the fullness of God to dwell in Jesus (v. 19).
In Job, one of the friends replies:
[God] spreads out the northern skies over empty space, he suspends the earth over nothing.
He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.
He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it.
He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness.
The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke.
By his power he churned up the sea, by his wisdom he cut Rahab to pieces.
By his breath the skies became fair, his hand pierced the gliding serpent.
And these are but the outer fringe of his works, how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?”
Job 26: 7 – 14
The most spectacular sunset you’ve ever seen, the most profound thought that has ever flitted through your mind, the most violent outburst of nature, all of these are just the fringes of his glory and ALL of it; All of his glory was in Jesus.
He is all that!