I invite you (if you haven’t already) to open your Bibles to Paul’s letter to the Colossians. In our passage today, 1:15-20, Paul is soaring in praise to the glory, greatness, and grandeur of Jesus Christ. Many Church historians believe this passage was one of the earliest Christian hymns ever written. And you can see why when you read it can’t you? It reads beautifully, and is very similar to the language found in the Majestic and Kingly Psalms of Psalm 2-8. In these verses we not only get a clearer understanding of who Jesus Christ is, we get a window into what He has done, or what God has done through Him.
That this passage is present in Paul’s letter to the Colossians we know that one of the things wrong in this young Colossian Church was it’s insufficient and improper view of Christ, so naturally Paul gives correction by detailing the sufficient or the proper view of Christ, one which they should not only believe, but teach as well. Paul specifically focuses on two things as he unfolds this Regal Christ hymn describing the majesty of the Son of God: first in 1:15-17 he points to the supremacy of Christ in creation, and then in 1:18-20 he points to the supremacy of Christ in redemption. In these two things Paul gives us a list that is unlike any other, for in this list there are 10 key realities about who Jesus Christ is.
Do you want to know who Jesus is? Be prepared, God through the Apostle Paul is about to tell us.