One of the highlights of my trip to Israel was visiting the Mount of Beatitudes. Standing at the top of the mountain overlooking the Sea of Galilee was an unforgettable experience. While gazing at the wonderful view, I began to recall Jesus’ sermon on the mount when He said to seek first the kingdom of God (Matt. 6:33). On top of the Mount of Beatitudes, I was reminded of the importance of making Christ preeminent in my life.
Colossians 1:18 says, “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” The word preeminence literally means “to be first in rank or influence.” Christ is to have the number one priority in the believer’s life. Giving Christ the preeminence allows Him to have the greatest influence. Does Jesus Christ have the preeminence in your life?
I’d like to briefly share with you three reasons why believers are called to give Christ preeminence:
Give Christ preeminence because He is God (Col. 1:15). Jesus Christ is co-equal, co-existent and co-eternal with God the Father and God the Spirit. The word image means the representation and manifestation of God. Jesus Christ was just as much God as God is God, and just as much man as man is man. He was fully God and fully man. Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. His purpose was to die on Calvary’s cross to pay the penalty for sin.
Give Christ preeminence because He created all things (Col. 1:16-17). Jesus Christ created all things in heaven and in earth. We live in a designed cosmos not an undesigned chaos! Jesus Christ created all things that are visible and invisible. Jesus Christ created all things to bring glory to His name. Jesus Christ is sovereign over His creation. Jesus Christ holds all things in the universe together by His providential hand.
Give Christ preeminence because He is the head of the church (Col. 1:18-20). News flash: Jesus is the head of the body of Christ! Jesus Christ defeated death, hell and the grave by marvelous and glorious resurrection. Jesus Christ is to rank first in the life of the believer. It’s time to check yourself before you wreck yourself. Does Christ reign supreme in your heart? Jesus Christ contains the divine, authoritative power to restore man’s relationship with God.
Jesus Christ is the image of God, the firstborn over creation, the creator of the universe, the head of the church, the firstborn from the dead, the fullness of God and the reconciler of all things. Is Christ preeminent in your life? Is Jesus number one in your life? Does Christ rank supreme in your heart?