November 21

Colossians 1:11-16

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him.” vss. 15-16

These are two of the most spectacular verses in all of scripture and deserve to be etched upon our hearts and maybe even tattooed on our skin! In these few words we can begin to understand the distinction between Jesus and the Christ even as we celebrate their union. Christ was the Word of God, present at the Big Bang, and through the Christ all things were spoken into existence. Christ is present in all and works through all, the image of the invisible God, inseparable from God. In Jesus of Nazareth, Christ was made flesh and lived among us, revealing through Jesus all that we need to know of God. What’s even more amazing is that the Christ also lives in every single human–the Christ is the indelible image of God in which we were created and that can never be taken from us. That image can be obscured, yes! But never blotted out! And when Jesus says, “Let your light shine,” he’s calling forth our Christlight, that all might see the glory of God. Jesus was human; the Christ is divine, and together they are the Light of the World. In their unity we experience most fully the unconditional love of God.

Thought for the Day: How am I like Jesus?

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