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Christ is superior - November 26, 2010
[God the Father] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Consumer Reports is a magazine that deals in superiority. It's the type of magazine you would look at for the best of a given product and the best deal for your wallet.
In the verses for our devotion today, Paul gives us the "consumer report" on Christ. He clearly explains why Christ is superior to anyone or anything else. He is God. He created all things. He is eternal, without beginning or end. He is the firstborn from among the dead, never to die again. He holds everything together.
Each part of these verses lays out an objective fact about why Christ is superior. And each of these truths has important significance for our daily life.
Despite the times we see sin interrupt our lives; despite the horrors of wickedness we hear about in the news; despite the atrocities human beings commit against one another, evil and wickedness are not in control. Even though they may appear to be running the world, they are not. No matter what evil or wickedness may throw at us, there is nothing they can do to wrest control away from Christ. Nor is there anything they can do to separate us from Christ. For Christ defeated sin and death through his death on the cross and declared his victory as he rose from the dead.
This is the report we have on Christ. He is supreme. There are none who are greater. There are none who can take control away from him. There are none who can separate us from him. What confidence this gives us as we continue our pilgrimage on earth!
O Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords, in your mercy you have brought us into your kingdom. Continue to rule over us, protecting us from the evil one until we join you in your heavenly kingdom. Amen.
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