The image of Jesus

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The image of Jesus

What is your image of Jesus?

A carpenter’s son.  Born of a virgin.  A Savior.  A teacher.  A friend.  God come to earth, who lived a perfect sin-free life and then died on behalf of all sinners.  The resurrection and the life.  The way, the truth, and the life.  The bright morning star.  The alpha and the omega.  The perfect lamb.  The good shepherd.  The King of Kings.  The visible image of the invisible God.

These would all be correct, but here’s what Paul says about the image of Jesus:

He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
For by him all things were created:
things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things were created by him and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.
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. – Col 1:15-18 (emphasis added)

Those are some pretty awesome and effective words.  He’s actually pushing the boundaries that our language can express.  The omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience of Jesus are just bursting out of Paul’s phrasing.

Lord, we ask that you let love abound more and more in us and increase our knowledge and depth of insight so that we may be able to discern what is best and pure and blameless until the second coming of Christ.  Fill us with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. (based on Php 1:9-11)

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society