I (David) recently read Colossians 1:15-17 during my morning time alone with God
“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…”
If this were all I knew of Jesus, I would rightly conclude that He is THE ONLY WORTHY OBJECT OF WORSHIP. He pre-existed creation; He created all things for Himself; He is the super glue that holds all of life together. There is no close second to Jesus in the Universe! He deserves my undivided adoration. Anyone serious about worshipping a god would have to be blind not to see that Jesus is THE ONE.
And get this - that’s BEFORE we even consider the cross and resurrection! When we add these to His already preeminent position in the universe, there are no superlatives! The greatness of Jesus explodes in our mind and heart!
“For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross.” Col 1:19-20
“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Col 1:13-14
The same day I was being overcome by Jesus’ ultimate worthiness, I saw TV coverage of a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House. The Medal of Honor is the highest military award, presented for selfless courage and valor on behalf of comrades in the face of overwhelming enemy opposition. US Airman, Sgt John Chapman was being awarded the medal posthumously for his 2002 actions in Afghanistan.
"Even though he was mortally wounded John regained consciousness and continued to fight on… Through his extraordinary sacrifice, John helped save more than 20 American service members.”
Receiving the medal of honor catapults the recipient to the highest level of reverence. Just watching the sacredness of the ceremony made my heart well up. How much more did those hearts well up in the audience who were directly saved by Sgt Chapman’s bravery!
Indeed, You and I, also, are the objects of a great rescue. Our Rescuer was imminently great before His ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. We were not his comrades…we were His enemy (Rom 5:10). And still He rescued us (Col 1:13-14). May we honor Him with the highest level of reverence. And may our personal worship of Him this week in our churches reflect the fact that HE is our supreme treasure.
“ As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”