(Wondering what this is? For more information, see the introduction.)
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. – Colossians 1
The uniqueness of Jesus is that He is at once fully God and fully human. We do not worship a god who is far away, but the One who is near to us in our human glory and frailties, who walked among us in the flesh. It is in Him that our everyday lives are lifted up and become sacred places. Our jobs, our relationships, our hobbies, our occasions for celebration and mourning all become infused with holy meaning because Christ is the bridge where the mundane encounters the divine. What does it mean to you that God has reconciled the world to Himself in Christ?
Of eternal love begotten,
ere the worlds began to be,
he is Alpha and Omega,
he the source, the ending he,
of the things that are, that have been,
and that future years shall see,
evermore and evermore.
This Advent devotional is intended to help you enter into the season of advent. We hope you enjoy it! Many thanks to the Rev. Paul Jennings for his help putting these reflections together.