Certain things in life have the tendency to make us feel small. Take the magnitude of the ocean for example, standing on the shore as the waves crash in remind us we have nothing in and of ourselves to compete with that kind of power. On a recent flight, I was reminded of how small I am; looking down from such a high altitude gave me this perspective. This passage in Colossians echoes what the author of Hebrews says in 1:1-4, and affirms that God’s final Word and greatest revelation to us was and is in the person of Jesus Christ, who is “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.” It is through Jesus that we can come to a deeper understanding of the whole story of God’s salvation for humanity. In this celebratory song, Paul makes an attempt to put into finite human words the infinite nature of God, and relay to us the supremacy of Christ. It’s really an attempt at grasping what is impossible to grasp. In all of this, we ought to be grateful that God chose to move into our neighborhood, in the flesh and blood in Jesus, so we can truly know what He is like.
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 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 and the firstbornfrom among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peacethrough his blood, shed on the cross.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of[a]your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical bodythrough death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.