Daily Devotion - November 24, 2020 - Christ's Supremacy

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – November 24, 2020
Reading: Colossians 1:9-23
Weekly Theme: The Lord Is Coming
Today: Christ’s Supremacy

Are you a person who associate images with certain words? We often times let our imaginations form the impression we have of people by words that are used to describe them. One word that tends to bring about negative images for me is the word supremacy. Without looking the word up, the images that come to my mind are of a person who thinks they are “a notch or two above everyone else.” The word actually originates from the word supreme which means sovereign, great, absolute, ultimate and superlative. So supremacy is the state of being sovereign, great, absolute ultimate and superlative. If I look at Christ as a supreme being, then I am acknowledging him as sovereign, great, absolute... as the best example of humanity that ever walked the face of the earth. To look at Christ as supreme brings a whole new outlook on the images I have of supremacy.

Christ’s supremacy is described in today’s passage from Colossians 1:9-23. Christ is the image of the invisible, perfect God. All things were and are created in him and through him. He goes before all things and is in all things and holds all things together. He is the head of the body, the church; the firstborn from among the dead (that is, he was raised to new life from death). These explain the reasons that Jesus is the best of example of how God intended humanity to be. God’s fullness resided and still resides in Jesus and because of his fullness and his humility and his willingness to bear the cross for our sins, we are reconciled with God through Jesus. Christ’s supremacy is not one of arrogance or self-centeredness or aloofness but is one of reconciliation and peace-making. Through his life on earth and ministry of healing and showing us how to love and who to love, and through his shed blood and death on the cross, we are promised peace because the gap created by sin has been closed by Jesus, who spread his arms and died on a cross for our sake, not his sake. Because of what the supreme, yet humble Christ has done, we are no longer alienated because of our evil behavior and are holy in God’s sight, without sin and blemish and free from accusation. This is the supremacy of Jesus Christ and is also the gospel of Jesus Christ. This type of self-sacrifice and humility and well lived life of teaching, giving, healing, loving and sharing are the exact qualities of the most Supreme being who ever walked the face of the earth and is very worthy of our praise this week before Thanksgiving... and every day and week of the year. Won’t you join me this week in praising Jesus Christ who is worthy or our praise?

Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to earth to share with us Your very nature and to show us the height, depth, width, and breadth of your love for us. Help us to embrace Jesus as supreme, understanding his supremacy is not one of snobbery or aloofness but is one that is full of grace, mercy, self-sacrifice and love. And help us to aspire to be more like him, in whose name we pray. Amen.

 
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