Ken Mbugua - 8 March 2019
The Preeminence of Christ in Missions (Colossians 1:15–23)
Without the sun, life on earth would die. The sun provides the light and heat that life requires. Jesus is the light that provides life for the church. Without Jesus, the church would cease to exist. The Colossians has started to forget that their existence as a church rested on the church. They needed to remember that Jesus created the church, sustained the church, and would bring the church home.
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.
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.