Discovering the Christ in Christmas, Part 1 [Sermon Notes & Audio]

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… giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered 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, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. — Colossians 1:12-28, ESV

There are seven powerful statements about the Christ in these verses.

Foundation: The Father

First, note that the foundation of it all is in the Father.

… giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, … — Colossians 1:12-13, ESV

The Father, in Christ, has done three things for us:

1. Qualified us — We all feel unqualified at times. Even the apostle Paul, who was more qualified than anyone, counted his own merit as nothing.

2. Delivered us — We are qualified even before we experience the fullness of deliverance…. who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, … — 1 Corinthians 1:10, NKJV

3. Translated us — Greek word is methistémi and was used when the Roman empire sent a group of Roman citizens to establish a new colony, importing their culture to the new region.

All of these things take place in Christ.

1. Christ Our Redeemer

… in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. — v. 14

Word “redeemer” is used of the purchase of slaves. Same word the New Testament uses for servants of the Lord.

God is seeking to bring us into a relationship under His mastery, where He can develop the full potential of what we were made to be.

2. Christ the Revealer

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. — v. 15

Jesus is the the perfect representation of God the Father. He is God.

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? — John 14:9

No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God,1:18 Some manuscripts read But the one and only Son. is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us. — John 1:18

3. Christ the Creator

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. — v. 16

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. — John 1:1-3

That Word became flesh and lived among us.

“We make Him less if we don’t acknowledge that He is Creator of all. But we make Him less if we don’t acknowledge that the Creator is capable of penetrating every corner of our private world.” — J.B. Phillips, Your God is Too Small

Jesus said that whatever we ask in His name, He will do. The word for “to do” is the same as “to make.” If the answer to your prayer doesn’t exist, He can speak it into existence.

4. Christ the Sustainer

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. — v. 17

Everything in the universe has been brought together by His word, and His word sustains it.

By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. — Hebrews 11:3, NLT

When everything else passes away, His Word remains.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” — Matthew 24:35, ESV

The word of His covenant, His promises to us, will never pass away.

Homework: Meditate on at least one of these this week.

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