In order to give Jesus His rightful place in our lives, we must understand His position. For how can you truly give Christ His rightful place in your life if you don’t understand that He is first in everything?Let’s spend awhile together examining how Christ is first in everything…
Christ, the Word, existed before anything was created and He is God. Therefore, He is first before allof creation…
1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him.
2 And now in these final days, He has spoken to us through His Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son He created the universe. 3 The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and He sustains everything by the mighty power of His command. When He had cleansed us from our sins, He sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. 4 This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave Him is greater than their names.
For a long, long time, I didn’t understand how the scriptures could say that Jesus was the firstborn from the dead, when there had been others raised from the dead. In fact, some had been raised from the dead in the Old Testament, while Jesus Himself, raised others from the dead in the New Testament. Therefore, how could Jesus be the firstborn from the dead?
But praise God, for His Holy Spirit, who teaches us and gives us understanding. You see, Jesus is indeed the firstborn from the dead, because all of the others who were raised from the dead, died again, and are still dead. However, Jesus died, was buried for three days, descended into hell and preached the gospel, and then was raised from the dead on the third day. His body did not decay, as all other bodies do. Not only was He raised from the dead, but He was given an incorruptible body, and after being seen by more than five hundred witnesses, He ascended into heaven, where He is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, until the day when He returns for His bride, the church.
I pray as you read this that you will come to an understanding of how Christ is first in everything. I’ve shown you that He is God, and that He created the heavens and the earth… I’ve shown you that He is God’s firstborn Son… I’ve shown you that He is Lord and Savior of all creation, and that He is the firstborn from the dead… So, because Christ is first in everything, He also deserves to be first in your life and in mine.
Therefore, my beloved readers, I ask each and every person who reads this post, including me,“Is Jesus first in everything in your life?“
Jesus Christ is supreme over all creation… So what does this mean and why is this important? According todictionary.com, the definition of supreme is:
highest in rank or authority; paramount; sovereign; chief.
of the highest quality, degree, character, importance, etc.: supreme courage.
greatest, utmost, or extreme: supreme disgust.
last or final; ultimate.
Jesus is supreme over all creation…
He is the KING of all kings…
He is the LORD of all lords…
He is the CHIEF cornerstone…
Christ radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God…
He sustains everything by the mighty power of His command…
He sits at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven…
He is far greater than the angels…
His very name is above all other names…
Son of the living God Unmatched in majesty and beauty Peerless in glory and power Resplendant in holiness Eternal from everlasting to everlasting Merciful and full of grace Excellent and highly exalted
6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me. 7 If you had really known Me, you would know who My Father is. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him!”
8Philip said,“Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”
9 Jesus replied,“Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father! So why are you asking Me to show Him to you? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I speak are not My own, but My Father who lives in Me does His work through Me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen Me do.”
Unknowingly, for the last three years, while the disciples lived with Jesus, and walked with Him, they were seeing God. Even though Peter boldly declared,“…You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God,”(Matthew 16:16b)they still didn’t comprehend that they were looking into the face of the Living God.
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation…
What does it mean that Christ is the visible image of the invisible God? We see in John 14:6-11 that Jesus explained that He and the Father are one, and that He is in the Father, and the Father is in Him… Jesus looks like His Daddy. Strong’s Greek Lexicon defines the word image in the scripture above this way…
Image— Eikon an image, figure, likeness an image of the things (the heavenly things) used of the moral likeness of renewed men to God the image of the Son of God, into which true Christians are transformed, is likeness not only to the heavenly body, but also to the most holy and blessed state of mind, which Christ possesses the image of one one in whom the likeness of any one is seen applied to man on account of his power of command to Christ on account of His divine nature and absolute moral excellence
My daughter is the image of me. She looks a lot like me. She has many of my mannerisms, often to the point that we will be talking and find ourselves standing or sitting in the same position. She also thinks a lot like me, and praise God, she has a strong, unwavering faith much like mine. It amazes me how much she resembles me, not only in looks.
Perhaps because my daughter is the image of me, I am able to understand what Jesus meant when He said, “… Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father!…”(John 14:9b)My daughter could say the same thing to someone who doesn’t know me, and they would have a good idea of what I look like, because not only does her physical appearance parallel mine, but her personality, her gifts and her faith, though they are uniquely hers, are still much like mine. It’s so funny, because not only does my daughter greatly mirror me, her oldest daughter (my granddaughter) is the spitting image of her mama, in appearance and in her ways. The main difference in the three of us is only the color of our hair.
Not only do my daughter and I resemble one another, we also resemble Jesus. You see, the more time we spend in His presence, the more we look like Him, as we begin to be transformed into His likeness, by His word.
Whenever I minister somewhere, I don’t much care whether people can remember my name or not. It doesn’t bother me (not anymore) if someone forgets to put my name on a bulletin or to give me credit for something I’ve done in the Lord’s name, because ministering to others is not about me. What isimportant to me is that people remember that I ministered to them about Jesus, because my heart’s desire is that I would be able to change many lives in Jesus’ name, and that many would be snatched from the fires of hell, as God transforms their lives. I want God to get all the glory, honor and praise that He is due.
16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lordis, thereisliberty.18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
If we are truly living for the Lord, we must walk with Him, and as we spend more and more time with Him, meditating on His word, we will be changed…
1 And so, dear brothers and sisters I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
As a Christian, (a follower of Christ), we need to have the same attitude that Christ has. When people see me, I want them to see Christ within me. In order for that to happen, I must be willing to live as He lived…
6 Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
7 Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form,
8 He humbled Himself in obedience to Godand died a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Hallelujah!Christ is the visible image of the invisible God…One of my personal prayers has been that God will one day allow me to see Him face to face. And then, just now, He brought the following scripture passage to my mind…
31 “But when the Son of Mancomes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit upon His glorious throne.32 All the nationswill be gathered in His presence, and He will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.33 He will place the sheep at His right hand and the goats at His left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.35 For I was hungry, and you fed Me. I was thirsty, and you gave Me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited Me into your home.36 I was naked, and you gave Me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for Me. I was in prison, and you visited Me.’
37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see You hungry and feed You? Or thirsty and give You something to drink?38 Or a stranger and show You hospitality? Or naked and give You clothing?39 When did we ever see You sick or in prison and visit You?’
40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these My brothers and sisters, you were doing it to Me!’
41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed Me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give Me a drink.43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite Me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give Me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit Me.’
44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help You?’
45 “And He will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these My brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help Me.’
46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”
Do you see what I see? The answer to my prayer is right there in Jesus’ words, as He spoke to His disciples. Whenever I look on the poor and the needy and help them, I am looking into the face of God, and blessing Him. However, every time I look at those who need help with contempt and disdain, I am looking into the face of God with contempt.
Do you want to see the face of God? Look for Christ. Do you want to see Christ? Look into the eyes of the poor and broken-hearted. Look into the eyes of those who are hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or are naked, sick or in prison, for it is there that you might see Christ, who is the visible image of the invisible God.
Father, I bless you for every time You’ve shown Your face to me, even though I failed to recognize You. I bless You for loving me, enough to give me the opportunity to see You and to serve You. Lord, I also ask for your forgiveness for those times I failed to serve You, even though I looked into Your eyes and saw Your need.
I bless Your holy name, Lord, and I ask You to bless my readers, and draw them close to You, and let them see You in Jesus, and in one another! Amen.