Reading: Colossians 1: 15-20
Jesus, Paul declares, is the “firstborn of all creation”. Since the beginning of time, Jesus has been the creator and the purpose for all that has been created. He is therefore supreme over all. Yet counter to all of this, Jesus is also the one who humbled Himself to death on a cross, becoming the “firstborn from among the dead”. In doing so, Jesus became the way to true and eternal life. Only through His blood can we be made righteous.
Jesus rule and example were so countercultural. Jesus loved instead of conquered. Jesus healed instead of killed. Jesus forgave instead of holding grudges. Jesus sacrificed instead of taking advantage. Jesus offered compassion instead of judgment. In all these ways, Jesus gave us an example we can each follow. Love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, understanding, servant. Jesus’ power comes from His heart, not from His brain or His brawn. We are each born with the spark of the divine in our hearts. We can thus all live a life that follows the ways of Jesus. We were created in His image, intended to follow after Jesus as His disciples.
Next Sunday begins a new year in the church calendar as Advent begins. Like the end of the calendar year, may it be a time when we pause and take stock of our journey of faith. John Wesley called this life of faith a “journey towards perfection”. It is a place we never reach, yet one we should always be arriving towards. Jesus was the perfect example of God’s love lived out. This week may we look at our journeys of faith – at both our times moving forward and at our times of failure. May we each commit to a year of growth in our faith, seeking to ever become more and more like Jesus Christ, the one true King, the one and only Way. May it be so.