Paul described the day of Christ’s return as a day “when he comes… to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed (2 Thessalonians 1:10).” Advent is training us to look and live for that day, and our marveling at Jesus doesn’t wait until he returns. It’s why we will gather this Sunday.
Jason Oakes set up our advent series with Jesus’ question, “Who do people say that I am?” and emphasized that the real question is, “Who does Jesus say that he is?” What we intend to marvel at together this Sunday, in particular, is the first answer to that question. He is the Son of the Living God. “God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made (from the Nicene Creed).” Would you take some time before Sunday to sit with this passage that explodes with wonder over this.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross (Colossians 1:15-20).”
This Sunday Erik Thoennes will be preaching from this passage and Kenny Clark will be leading our sung worship. Please pray for each as they prepare.
See you Sunday, Grace. Let’s come and behold him, born the King of angels, Christ the Lord!
SONG OF THE WEEK
All Things New by Andrew Peterson
He’s the image of the invisible God
The firstborn of creation
By Him, all things were created
In heaven and earth, seen and unseen
Rulers, dominions, and powers and kings