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Sights Unseen

Colossians 1:15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, 16 for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. 17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

Jesus is the visible image of the Invisible God and Paul continues on to say that there are things we have seen and things we haven't seen. Some things we can't see are listed as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. But they are there and they are Sights Unseen! The special effects units of Hollywood have caused us to think we have seen it all and that they can reproduce if we can dream it. But in their limitations we can see that there are some things we don't need to see, and those things are yet to be revealed by God. As Paul wrote about Jesus he went on in verse 16 and 17 Everything was created through him and for him. 17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. The first thing I get from all of this is 1. Haven't seen it all yet, but it is there. 2. God created it all and Jesus was there from the beginning. 3. Jesus holds the whole thing together with His capable hands. 4. Everything was created through Jesus and for Jesus. 5. Jesus is SUPREME!!

That same Jesus is the head of the body, of which we are part of in Jesus. Look at the following verses 18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. 19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, 20 and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. These verses confirm in our hearts that we can trust Jesus, not only for salvation, but for everything in our lives. He must be trusted for who He is and that is God Almighty and He lives in our hearts!! I can't see into my heart, but I know it is clean, even though I still sin, and the blood of Jesus Christ has redeemed me from that sin. Praise God He is my Redeemer. A redeemer is a person who redeems, meaning someone who repays, recovers, saves, or exchanges something for something else. In Christianity, the term is used to refer to Jesus Christ, especially when capitalized as Redeemer.

Trust Jesus and live in that trust and know the peace that passes all understanding. Further in Colossians Paul helps us understand this sacrifice that our Redeemer did for us and in Colossians 2:13-15 says 13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. That is our Jesus! Our King! Our Savior! Our Redeemer!! There is so much more to get from Jesus through His Word and now is the best time to get into it and experience Sights Unseen!

The Pilgrimage Continues....

David Warren

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