December 30, 2011

Jesus, Firstborn of Creation

Colossians 1:15-23

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Colossians 1:15


The vast, unfathomable universe, which is more than ten billion light years in diameter, with billions of galaxies, did not arise by itself or by accident.

It was designed and created by the one true God.

Scientists tell us that earth is a remarkable planet—with all the components that make this place an environment in which we humans can survive.

Did all that happen by chance?

We would need more faith to believe in the chance of spontaneous generation than the faith to believe that the Lord of the universe is the creator of all.

Jesus is called the firstborn over all creation not because he was the first to be created, as Arius of Alexandria thought, but because he is the source of creation. He brought into existence what did not exist before. From nothing, our Lord created everything.

Everything was made through him, and “without him nothing was made” (John 1:3). “In him all things were created … visible and invisible.” He is the creator and sustainer of the universe. “In him all things hold together.”

And yet, this creator loves you and me.

What a marvelous God we worship! What a gracious Savior we praise!

Eternal God, thank you that Jesus Christ is the center of all things. Ultimate power is in his hands. Leaning on him, I have refuge and strength. His is the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

About the author — Hernandes Lopes

Rev. Hernandes Dias Lopes grew up in a Christian home in Brazil. Following his 1981 graduation from Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul in Campinas, Brazil, he served two congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Brazil. In 2000, he earned a doctor of ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Rev. Lopes has been the voice of the television program Verdade e Vida (“Truth and Life”) since 2006. In 2010 he was appointed Portuguese ministry leader for Back to God Ministries International. Rev. Lopes and his wife, Tinha, have two college-age children.

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