"In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God." (John 1:1) He is the Messiah, the anointed One. His name is Emmanuel – God with us. He took on the position of a slave and appeared in human form. His name is the Name above all names.
He is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all, and is supreme over all creation. He is the One through whom God created everything in heaven and 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 has been created through Him and for Him. He existed before everything else began, and He holds all creation together. He is the head of the Church, which is His body. He was raised from the dead as the first of all who will rise from the dead. He is the first in everything. In Him lives all the fullness of God in human form. Through Him God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of His blood on the cross. His act of righteousness brings right relationship with God and new life for everyone. He made us pure and holy, and He freed us from sin. He came as a servant to the Jews to show them that God is true to the promises He made to their ancestors. And He came so the Gentiles might also give glory to God for His mercy towards them.
And so it is: all who put their faith in Him share the same blessing Abraham received of his faith. He cancelled the record of the charges against humanity and took it away by nailing it to the cross. He is the One who decided to shape the lives of all who love Him from the beginning. He, Jesus, stands first in the line of humanity He restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives in Him. All who put their faith in His finished work on their behalf are healed, forgiven and free – born anew.
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