In this passage, Paul is writing to the Colossians about who exactly Jesus is and what he has done for us. For God so loved the world that he gave us his only son (John 3:16). That son was created as the image of God and is an exact representation of God’s being and power (Hebrews 1:3). We find that through Jesus, all things were created, both in heaven and on Earth. He existed before anything else in creation existed (John 1:1-4, Proverbs 8:22-29). The very first verse of Genesis states that “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.” Here, I notice the order in which creation is presented to us, that God created the heavens first, then the Earth. As we read here in Colossians, Proverbs, and in the opening verses of John, the first thing created in the heavens was Jesus. So all creation wouldn’t even exist if it were not for the power and glory, not only of God the Father, but also God the Son. He is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end (Revelation 22:13).
We also learn from Paul about Jesus’ status in heaven and on Earth. Paul tells us that Jesus is above ALL things. The fullness of God’s power resides in Jesus (verse 19). Jesus is elevated to such a position that he has dominion over all angels and other authorities in heaven (1 Peter 3:22, Hebrews 1:4, Ephesians 1:19-23).
Finally, we are told about what Jesus was sent to Earth to do; to reconcile all things on Earth and in heaven to God. It is by grace through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross that we too will have a place in eternity with God if we believe (John 3:16-17, John 1:16). Prior to Jesus being sent, we were slaves to sin, and our sins were counted against us. But because of grace, we no longer have to be slaves to sin, as our sins will no longer be counted against us (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). One day, we too will be raised from the dead and reside in heaven (Romans 8:11). But we must first recognize Jesus as God in human form and as savior of all who believe. If we don’t honor the Son, we also don’t honor the Father (John 5:23).
So this advent season, as the saying goes, remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. As we anticipate the return of our savior, let us not get too caught up in the hustle and bustle of having the right presents, or stress too much about having the perfect Christmas Day dinner. Instead, let’s focus on the what truly matters; that we have been given the greatest gift of all, GRACE, through Jesus.