“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;” vs. 15
There is a solution for those who despair of ever knowing God or of having a sense of God’s presence in daily living. And it’s easier that we might ever suspect. All we need to do is focus on Jesus, the man from Nazareth, and we will be connected to the invisible God through whom the universe came into existence. At least that’s what the writer of Colossians implies, and there is great contentment in following his direction. When the unknowable God eludes us, Jesus is accessible, and in him we find one who is worthy of our worship and praise. In his gentle, humble and forgiving presence we see incarnate love at work, and in his unswerving embrace of justice and equity we find a working model for our mission and ministry in the world. Sometimes we can get flummoxed and confused by creeds and dogmas, and when we can’t quite wrap our heads around the complex propositions bandied about by theologians, it feels good to come home to Jesus and snuggle up in his compassionate arms. All we really need is love–it’s the primal force of the universe–and in Jesus it is poured out sacrificially on all humanity. To put it in words familiar to modern ears, the love language of God is Jesus! It’s the simple truth! And we don’t need anything more!
Thought for the Day: What image of Jesus is dear to my heart?