WOW! It’s already the middle of February…this year is already flying by and I am so thankful my God is sovereign and faithful amidst the uncertainty and changes in my life! The past few months have been challenging for my heart as I learn to submit and serve the Lord with a heart pursuing excellence for His glory, not my comfort. Praise God for the Spirit’s work to expose my sinful desire to enjoy the pleasures of this world more than the presence of His Word. The call to deny myself, take up my cross, and follow Christ is ringing clearer than every before! But who is this “Christ” I am called to follow?
I’m taking my college girls small group through Colossians this semester because I wanted to grow my view of Christ and understand more of His supremacy. Before we dove into Colossians 1:15-23 a couple weeks ago, I asked my D-Group girls to tell me who Jesus Christ is. “The Son of God, the Word made flesh, the second person of the Trinity, the Savior of the world. He who died on the cross for my sins,” was their response. This was my initial response too…But, I felt like we were missing something.
Colossians 1:15-20 says:
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”
After reading the passage out loud together, we answered the question again. Who is Jesus Christ? Our answer was drastically different.
Christ is the physical image of God. He has the right to all things. He created heaven and Earth all things we can see and even all things we cannot see. He rules all rulers. He is the authority over all authorities. He has all power over every power. Everything was created through His glory. Everything was created for His glory. His glory holds all His glory together. He is completely outside of time and space. He is the ultimate leader of His church. He has always been and always will be. He brought Himself back to life and is the only one who can give life. He far surpasses everything in existence simply by being Himself. The entire fullness of God Almighty lives in Him. By His own power and authority He restores sinful man’s broken relationship with God by taking the curse of sin upon Himself and conquering the grave once and for all who believe.
Now, maybe you know all this and are thinking to yourself, “why is she making such a big deal about this and dedicating an entire blog post to talking about who Christ is?” I’m about to tell you why, even if you didn’t ask. Having an accurate, high, lofty, biblical, supreme view of Jesus Christ is the most important use of your time and heart. There are so very many false, low, insignificant, worldly, selfish views of Christ in our culture today and honestly friends, I have allowed so many of those lies to affect my mind. Rightly understanding Christ in His supremacy puts me in my place before Him, not as a friend, equal, buddy, or “homeboy”, but as a completely insignificant and unworthy slave.
The Bible often talks about believers being those who were once “slaves to sin” are now “slaves to God” (Romans 6). Not slaves in the sense that we often think of, being mistreated and stepped over by the Master. But, slaves that are indebted to their Master for freeing them from their shackles and giving them a home and a purpose. Through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus alone, Christ sets me free from my chains of death and gives me citizenship as a daughter of God. Christ in His glory and majesty and power and authority looked down with grace and compassion on those whom He created, those who had completely rejected and rebelled against Him. High and lifted up Creator Christ Jesus humbled Himself, sacrificed aspects of His glory, and become one of the lowest and most despised among creation. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “He made Him who knew no sin, to become sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Christ deserves to wear all glory, but He chose to wear my sin. I deserve to die in my sin, but Christ chose to make me alive in His glory! Christ rose from the grave, defeating death forever and is now seated in His rightful place at the right hand of God the Father, His co-heir to the throne. One day, because of Christ’s supremacy in creation, humiliation, redemption, and glorification, I too will be seated with Him in glory, as a co-heir of the glory of God.
Does this make any sense? Not really, no. Fully grasping the supremacy of Christ is beyond my human mind’s comprehensive ability. But I want to spend the rest of my earthly days exploring more and more of the riches of Christ. This desire is the only thing worthy of pursuing. The more I see Christ for who He really is, the more I see myself for who I really am without Him. The more I see who I really am without Christ, the more humbled and thankful and joyful I become in my daily life.
Ask yourself, “Who is Jesus Christ?” Then read Colossians 1:15-23 and answer again.
Thank you for taking your time to hear how God is at work in my heart…if you’d like to see an update on how God is working in my life, please check out vlog nine!
~ KariAnne Frazer (2.16.19)