He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Now, everything is different, right?! For the church at Colossae believing in Jesus Christ was universally reorienting. The invisible had been made visible. Thrones, rulers and dominions were as sands in an hour glass; the only realm worthy of recognition is the realm of God. On this day where we remember the day of Jesus’ birth, we remember that he is the first born among the dead; the sting of death is no more and Life is in its abundance. So, once again, I say, MERRY CHRISTMAS!! This is the day when you can reassess your relationships, your identity and your entire life in light of the gift of Christ. You are forgiven! You are loved! You are free! Take a moment today to give thanks to God for claiming and calling you all over again; Christ is born to you and in you today! MERRY CHRISTMAS, you’ve received the best gift of all.