This week we are focusing our eyes on Jesus and who He is. Colossians 1:15–20 includes a stunning description and so we’ll spend all week on its verses, concentrating on a different verse or phrase each day. May we come to understand as much as we are able, and experience as much as we can handle, the supremacy of Christ in all things.
Jesus Is the Head of the Church
Read the entire passage below slowly, taking in every word as much as possible. Then focus your attention on verse 18 only. Read it several times.
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
- What does it mean that Jesus is the head of the church? Why do you think Paul compares the church to a body? (Review 1 Corinthians 12:12–31 to learn more.) In what particular area of your life do you need to remember Jesus’ supremacy?
- Throughout your day today when you get stuck, worried, afraid, frustrated, or even joyful and hopeful, try saying this phrase from verse 18 as a prayer of surrender, acknowledgement, and praise: “Jesus, You are the head of the church; You are the beginning; in everything You are supreme.”
A Prayer for Today
Jesus, You are the head of the body, the church; You are the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything You might have the supremacy!
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