Day 19: The Supremacy of the Son
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 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. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
To begin with, I chose this because it looked really deep in theology and a really hard passage to unpick, but when I actually thought about it, it is really quite simple. We see in the lead up to Jesus’ birth that it’s a very momentous occasion. Jesus is born in very humble surroundings – but there is something that is different. Just think…an ordinary baby never has a star that leads intelligent men from thousands of miles away to bring gifts of no use to a baby. An ordinary baby never has an army of angels worshipping and singing as they are born. That is because this baby was and is the King of all. Jesus is higher and stronger than all things in creation. Jesus has supremacy over all.
As all of God was within Jesus, there was nothing too big for him, not even dying on a cross. No ordinary man could have died on a cross to defeat death. It had to be someone who was blameless and so powerful that they could overcome death. It is amazing to think how the gifts given to a baby born in a stable start to make sense as he began his ministry as an adult.
There’s a film that I’m thinking of as I write this. It’s called Talladega Nights with Will Ferrel, and there is a scene where they are praying to little ‘baby’ Jesus, and some of them begin to argue that he is not a baby anymore. We also see in Christmas songs like Silent Night that Jesus is ‘tender and mild’ as a baby. I think we can often forget how powerful this baby really is. We just make him seem a bit weak. Jesus from the get-go was supreme and had God dwelling in him. I think that this Christmas we should remember that we are remembering the birth of the highest, strongest most powerful baby ever, the King of our lives, and the redeemer of our souls, Jesus!