15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 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. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1.15-17).
Every morning when we get up and look outside, we get to see a day created by God. It might not be a day we would like (my perfect day would be about 75 degrees light winds, sunny with some clouds and about 30 percent humidity), but as I said, we cannot all have the days we want. What we do get is the day the Lord provides, and it is always a perfect day in His eyes.
His creation is designed to show us His magnificent glory and power, and we can see it in the beauty of a sunrise or sunset, or by looking across the vast mountain range to the valley below or the peaks above. God’s very creation speaks His name, and lets us know He is the Creator of all the world. But not only do we see God in the things here on earth, but at night we can look up into the sky and see the vastness of the stars, and the moon. With a telescope we can see planets and all their wonder and glory. Only an awesome and glorious God could create such magnificent wonders for us to behold.
After Paul’s prayer and thanksgiving for the church at Colossus and us, he speaks about the supremacy of Christ in this awesome passage of scripture which reads more like a song than scripture. And why shouldn’t it seem like a song, as our God and Lord Jesus Christ is worthy of all praise, glory and honor. We should always want to lift our voices in song to Him whenever and wherever we can. Think on the words of the ‘How Great Thou Art’ written by Stuart K. Hine:
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed
When through the woods, and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze
And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing
He bled and died to take away my sin
When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration
And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
How great is our God? Amazing, Wonderful, Awesome, Out of this World. Paul said Jesus is the image of the invisible God (II Corinthians 4.4; Hebrews 1.3). The word ‘image’ in Greek is eikon from which we get our word ‘icon.’ The Bible tells us no one can see God and live (Exodus 33.20). Yet Jesus came to earth in human form, fully God yet as man and walked among us allowing us to be in the presence of the invisible God (John 1.18, 12.45, 14.9).
Therefore, He, Jesus Christ is the firstborn of all creation, not the first one born, but firstborn of all creation. In other words, He was before anything was created, He existed. The Apostle John writes, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning” (John 1.1-2, CSB). Christ has always existed, in the beginning of creation, back in Genesis 1.1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” Christ was there.
Paul does not just leave it at that though, he wants to make sure we understand this concept to its fullest. As Christ is before creation, He then is the Creator and everything was created by Him and for Him (John1.3). Everything in heaven and earth, there is not anything which is made that Christ did not make or know about. We should take great comfort in knowing our God is the Creator of the universe, and not just the universe but of us also (Genesis 1.26, 2.7, 21-25).
When we look around all we see was created by God, and all the things we cannot see. All those in power, and all those in power we cannot see, they are all under God’s control. So, the question we need to be asking ourselves is, “Who are we going to worship?” “Who are we going to allow to control our lives?” “Who will reign supreme in all we do?” These might seem like questions to answer later, down the road when we want to get serious in life, to become more spiritual. But God is calling us to come to Himself today, He is the Creator of the Universe and your life, why would you want to wait another moment to answer His call.
Almighty Creator of the universe, thank You for Your wonderous acts of kindness and grace as You created a world for us to live in. Lord, I know this is not the world You intended, as sin entered into it. But Lord I pray, by Your power I will be a shining example of Your grace and mercy to all I meet. Help me to be thankful for Your creation, and to show that to others each and every day as I share Your message with them, I thank You and praise You in Your Son Jesus Christ’s Name, Amen.
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Col 1:15–17). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
 Hine, Stuart K., (1953), ‘How Great Thou Art’, Pacific City, OR, Manna Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
 Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Jn 1:1–2). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.