The Most Important Question
Colossians 1:15-17 (ESV)
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities, all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
The apostle Paul in his letter to believers in Colossae addresses an issue that crept into the church that is tied to the most important question in all of life. Who is Jesus? Paul clearly identifies Jesus as the eternal Son of God just as Jesus himself declares in John 10:30, “I and my Father are one.” The apostle John opens his Gospel book with “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John identifies who is the Word in verse 14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus Christ is the Word.
Paul continues to declare that Jesus not only created all things, but that all things were created for Him. We were created through Jesus and for Jesus. Paul also states that Jesus holds all things together.
Our very existence is held together by Jesus. Take for instance the mystery of the atom. It defies the tendency for positive charges repel each other and opposite charges are attracted to each other. The nucleus of an atom have positive protons all repelling each other but still hold together. Negatively charged electrons spin in orbit around a positive nucleus seeking to attract together, but don’t. Atoms defy logic. Scientists continue to research different explanations of what kind of force is holding it together. Jesus is that force.
Why is it so important to not only know but personally believe that Jesus is the eternal Son of God? If we don’t believe that Jesus is who He claimed to be and Scripture declares Him to be, then we are trusting our eternal salvation in the wrong Jesus. There is only one way to eternal life. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” We must believe that Jesus is the Son of God our creator and sustainer. Believe that He left heaven to become man to take the penalty of sin for all of us. Jesus died and was resurrected so that we can live eternally.
This week, if your faith is in the eternal Son of God, take time to share your faith with others. If you have never placed your faith in the true Jesus, now is the perfect time.