In His image
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:15
This is amazing. Jesus is the visible image of our invisible God and Father. He looks like God and He should because He is God. The amazing part about this is . . . He is a man. Jesus! He was born a baby person, grew up to become a man, died a human death, and rose up from the grave with a glorified, still a man, body. He is human kind, our kind, mankind. Why am I going on like this? Like it is some kind of unbelievable truth? Because it is, God created our kind so we could reflect who He is. He made us to be like Him, to look like Him and to act like Him. I know we don’t get it perfectly right all the time, but His grace makes up the difference. With God’s grace, we can accomplish the things God want to get accomplished while we are here. However, that doesn’t change the fact that we were made in His image, created to be like Him and created for Him to have a body.
Now, here’s the really amazing part. Jesus as a man, is ruling over the universe! It’s true! Verse 18 tells us He is the head and rules over all! Everything from governments to galaxies and He is the beginning of everything! This is something to get stirred up about because we are part of His body. His complete body. He is building an unstoppable body of people to rule with Him. Not only are we part of His body, we are His family. We are connected. As we continue to read in Colossians 1, verse 19 says God in all His fullness lived in Christ Jesus and through Jesus He connected everything in this world to Himself. He connected heaven and earth with His blood on the cross.
I don’t know about you, but I for one am so thankful. I especially focus on this revelation at this time of the year. The time when God took on a body and became one of us. The Creator became part of His creation! No love can compare. The thought of it warms my heart like nothing else in this world can! I love Him so much because He included me. He included me in His grace, He included me in His plan and He included me in His family! He included you too!
Today I want to encourage you to consider your Heavenly Father becoming a person like us. Think of all He included you in. Think of what He has accomplished to connect with you and be thankful and joyful that you have a part in His grace, His plan and His family. Begin to talk about it where ever you go and soon, you will be bringing others into the family with you. The greatest gift you can give Jesus for His birthday is more family!
Today’s scripture reading: Colossians 1:15-20