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

Hernandes became the Portuguese ministry leader for Today's sister Portuguese ministry in 2010. He also serves as the director of the organization Luz Para o Caminho (Light for the Way), an organization formed in partnership between ReFrame and the Presbyterian
Church of Brazil. Hernandes has authored more than 160 books and is a popular and respected conference speaker in Brazil. Hernandes graduated from Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul in Brazil and earned a Doctorate of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary in
Jackson, MS.

Hernandes and his wife, Tinha, have two adult children.

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