Who Is Jesus?
Read Colossians 1:15 (ESV)
He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation.
Why do you think Paul emphasized these two points about Jesus?
If you took a poll and asked people “Who is Jesus?” you are likely to get a wide variety of answers. Some may say, “You mean, who was Jesus?” They may say that he was an excellent moral teacher. Others may say he was a great prophet. Some may even claim, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary, that Jesus never even existed.
But in today’s verse, Paul says that Jesus is the “image of the invisible God.” Hebrews 1:3a confirms this: “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power…” In other words, Jesus isn’t just like God. He isn’t an analogy to help us understand God. Jesus is God. Everything that God is, Jesus is.
If we want to know who God is, Jesus shows us. “No one has ever seen God; but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:18, NIV). We haven’t seen God, but Jesus was seen by many people and He perfectly displayed God’s glory to the world. Jesus revealed God to us because He is God Himself.
John further emphasized this point in John 14:9b-10a “...Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?” God the Father and Jesus the Son are one.
Paul also wrote in today’s verse that Jesus is the “first born of all creation.” But that clearly doesn’t mean that Jesus was the first created being. He can’t be the first created being because Jesus has existed eternally with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Paul meant that Jesus is first in rank or position. He is preeminent over all of creation.
In many ancient cultures, including Jewish culture, the “firstborn” referred to the one who had the rights of inheritance and was in a position of authority and privilege. Likewise, as the Son of God, all that God is and has belongs to Jesus as well. He is like the firstborn prince. He has inherited all the power and authority of God the Father.
One of the heresies infiltrating the Colossian church denied the deity of Christ. Paul refuted this idea and strongly stated the truth about who Jesus is. He is God and He is Lord. He is over and above all of creation.
Friends, the Bible is clear that Jesus is God and we must stand firm on that truth. After all, if Jesus isn’t God, our faith is futile. If Jesus isn’t God, He has no power to save us. But He is God! So, let’s worship Him today for who He is—the One who reigns supreme.
Jesus, thank You for showing us who God is. You are the all-mighty God and yet, You have revealed Yourself to us through Your Son, Jesus. What a privilege it is to know You. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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