15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
Col. 1:15-20 (NLT)
I remember hearing a song by the band Thrice several years ago called Image Of The Invisible. I was in Bible college and a fellow student (Neil) played it before chapel. It was supposed to be DURING chapel but I guess some of the folks in charge didn’t think it was appropriate. Granted, the music is heavy and pretty intense but the lyrics are pretty good. In this passage (which is also a song) Paul explains how Christ is the image of the invisible God. According to Paul (and this early hymn) Christ is the reason for everything. The very “fullness” of God lives in him. He is the one who created this world and he is the one who reconciled it back to himself when we broke it.
Christ is also the head of the Church. I find that refreshing. Sometimes those of us in leadership roles struggle to figure out exactly how we should lead. I know that I have those days. The good thing is that I am NOT the leader of the Church. Jesus is. If I want to lead others I need to first follow him. I don’t have to have all the answers. I don’t have to figure it all out. I have to trust Jesus and follow his word. That’s what he created me to do. God is still invisible and so is Jesus. However, the Spirit is very real and is present. That’s the only way I can hold on sometimes. Paul’s words here remind me that it’s all about Jesus. That’s my what I put my faith in. That’s what I cling to.
Grace and peace.