Christ the Lord


Sarah Hart, Robert Feduccia

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 1:15-20

We are Christians which literally means that we are to be Christ-like. The man, Jesus of Nazareth, is our guide for living. We read the gospels in order to get inside his head so that we live in the world as he would live in the world right here and right now. We are to get inside his heart so that we love what he loved as deeply as he loved. We are to get into his body so that we act as he acted.

However, could we not do the same with Plato? Could we not spend a lifetime reading and re-reading the life of Abraham Lincoln and come to imitate him as well? Yes, we could.

It would be a mistake to reduce Jesus to a moral teacher whom we should imitate. He is a moral teacher and we must imitate him, but we cannot reduce him to simply a teacher. He is LORD!

We are not only in need of a moral teacher. We are in need of a savior. We are not only in need of a savior. We are in need of a Lord. Scripture says that Jesus is a universal Lord and by that he is to be understood as the cosmic Lord. All things, all of creation, all things in the earth, all things in space, all things in the cosmos are being brought into his being and being brought into intimacy with the Father. To be found in him and to be changed into his image is what it means to be saved. He is teacher. He is savior. He is Lord!

"Christ the Lord" by Sarah Hart and Robert Feduccia is number 194 in the Spirit & Song hymnal.

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