Discovering the Christ in Christmas, Part 2 [Sermon Notes & Audio]
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. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. — Colossians 1:15-20, ESV
There are seven powerful statements here about Colossians about who Jesus is. Pastor Scott talked about the first four last week, which laid the foundation for these next three.
He is also the head [the life-source and leader] of the body, the This refers to the entire body of born-again believers (whether past, present, or future), not a local congregation.church; and He is the beginning, This refers to the entire body of born-again believers (whether past, present, or future), not a local congregation.the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will occupy the first place [He will stand supreme and be preeminent] in everything. – v. 18, AMP
Jesus is the:
- Fountain of fulness
5. Jesus is the Leader: The Head of the Church
Jesus calls himself the head of the body, which is the Church. It’s the job of the body to give life and action to the thoughts, will, and words of the head.
Being a member of the body is a different kind of membership than we’re used to. It’s not the same as being a member of Costco or Amazon Prime. Being a member of the body of Christ means serving one purpose so the whole can work together to create something amazing and beautiful.
Jesus is the head because He is the source of our life, and His preeminence takes us with Him.
Sports fans like to talk about their team like they’re part of the action. “We really crushed the other team today.” You didn’t do anything. If your sports team is in first place, you’re not in first place. You’re on your couch.
But Jesus is in first place. And if we’re in Christ, we’re there with him.
And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them, – Deuteronomy 28:13, ESV
You shall be blessed above all peoples. There shall not be male or female barren among you or among your livestock. – Deuteronomy 7:14
We are the head and not the tail. We are blessed above all people. But not because God arbitrarily chose us over someone else. It’s because we align ourselves with Him.
And it’s so that we can be like Him and do His work. It’s not bragging rights. It’s a call to serve the poor and the outcast, etc.
Ask any chiropractor: A lot of bad can happen when a body is not aligned with the head.
Oil and blessing always flow down, not up.
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes! – Psalm 133:2
The fulness of God’s favor toward you never changes, but the fulness of His blessings hinge on your alignment.
6. Jesus is the Fountain of Fulness
For it pleased the Father for all the fullness [of deity–the sum total of His essence, all His perfection, powers, and attributes] to dwell [permanently] in Him (the Son), — v. 19, AMP
Fulness has to do with satisfaction and supply.
When Jesus met the woman at the well, He exposed her list of husbands — not to condemn her, but to help her realize that she was looking for satisfaction from the wrong sources.
7. Jesus it the Reconciler
and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. — v. 20
“Reconcile” means to bring back a former state of harmony.
The world is broken and torn apart. There is such a need for people to be agents of Christ’s reconciliation, and it starts with us being reconciled to God.
There is no better season to evaluate our alignment with the head. Take some time this season.