Sunday, March 30, 2014

Lenten Reflections: The Incomparable Christ

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach. Colossians 1:13-22

This is a passage that I am working to memorize, because it reminds me of wonderful Christ is, and what He has done for me.

First of all, look at Who He is.

He is the image of the invisible God.

He is the Creator. All things - whether in heaven, on earth, visible or invisible, were created through Him and for Him.

He is before all things, and He holds all things together.

He is the head of the church.

He is the beginning and He will have first place.

All fullness dwells in Him.

And now, look at what He does.

He rescued us from the domain of darkness.

He transferred us to His Kingdom.

He redeemed us and forgave our sins.

He has reconciled us to Himself.

He will present us to God holy, blameless and beyond reproach.

Wow. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by just these concepts, not to mention that this Christ, this Creator, Redeemer, Forgiver, Reconciler has chosen me. This passage sends me to my knees in thankfulness and praise, and I pray that it will do the same for you as you meditate on these profound, and blessed truths.

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