This Sunday's message: The Song of Zechariah

January 9

Today's reading: Colossians 1:1-29

Paul calls Jesus "the firstborn of all creation" in verse 15. He is not claiming, as some claim, that Jesus is a created being. In the culture of Paul's day the word "firstborn" (Greek word "prototokos") signified priority. The firstborn was not necessarily the oldest child. since the term referred not to birth order but to rank. Therefore, the phrase expresses Christ’s sovereignty over creation. We see this same idea expressed in the Messianic prophecy in Psalm 89:27:
And I will make him the firstborn,
      the highest of the kings of the earth.

The surrounding context makes it clear that Paul does not in any way believe that Jesus is a created being. Beginning in verse 16, Paul make it clear that Jesus is God and that all things were created by Him and through Him and for Him.

Once again this demonstrates the extent of God's love for us. Jesus, who created us, loves us so much that He was willing to come to earth and die on a cross in order to make it possible for us to have personal intimate relationship with Him. That's pretty mind-blowing isn't it?
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