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, ESV.
There are many reasons why you might be troubled today. There is a virus out there taking lives. There are the daily press conferences by federal and state governments adding restriction after restriction to our lives to try to mitigate the spread of this virus. There is the political backbiting that even a pandemic can’t kill. Cancer doctors are not allowed to operate, but abortionists are. There is much to be troubled by.
Nonetheless, there is hope. Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. In churches that follow a church calendar, it is the beginning of Holy Week, a remembrance of the days leading to the cross and the empty tomb. What can care for your troubled heart? Fill this coming week with Jesus. Minimize your news exposure and maximize your Jesus exposure. Dwell on our glorious Savior—the great subject of Paul’s praise in Colossians 1:15-20. Memorize these verses!
Just look at Him:
He is the true image of God—the perfect man, the new Adam.
He is the firstborn of creation—His status is unrivaled.
He is the creator of everything—everything physical and spiritual, is His doing.
His is the reason for creation—creation exists to glorify Him.
He holds creation together—nothing going on today will overwhelm His care.
He is the church's head—He bought her with His blood and rules her in love.
He is the resurrection—the beginning of new life and king of a new kingdom.
He is God who saves on a cross.
Devote your days to Him this coming week. That is what will make this a truly holy week for you and your home!
My prayer for you today is simple: May you glorify and enjoy Jesus!