THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2014
THE PREEMINENCE OF CHRIST
We are empowered to witness. Witness to what, or rather, to
whom? We witness to Jesus Christ. And who or what is he?
is the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15a). Jesus
himself said that if we have seen him, then we have seen the
Father. God became man and walked among us. How awesome is
that?! “Know that the Lord is God” (Ps 100:3a).
in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, ....
all things were created through him and for him.” (Col
1:16). Creation came about because of Christ. He is the power
behind that awesome miraculous work of creation. He is the
focal point of all creation. All creation is for him, at his
service. “He made us, we belong to him” (Ps 100:3b).
is before all things” (Col 1:17a). Jesus is preeminent.
He is first, he is most important, and nothing compares with
him. Everything is dependent upon him. He is the cornerstone.
is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead” (Col
1:18b). By his death and resurrection, Jesus assured us a
new beginning. We are saved. We are returned to our relationship
with the Father as His children. We look to life after death.
From the beginning, to the end, “his mercy endures forever”
is the head of the body, the church.” (Col 1:18a). We
the Church are his body. We individually are temples of his
Holy Spirit. We are the bride of the divine Bridegroom. What
a blessing this is. We are not left to our own devices, for
Jesus is always there for us, leading and guiding and empowering
in him all things hold together.” (Col 1:17b). Our humanity
and sinfulness lead to strife and division, even to war and
genocide. It is only Jesus, the Prince of Peace, who can bring
diverse peoples together, and hold them together. Peoples
need to subject themselves to Jesus as Lord, and know that
“we are his people, the flock he shepherds.” (Ps
in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell” (Col 1:19).
Jesus is the fullness of grace, of wisdom, of strength and
power, of love and mercy, of joy, of hope, of all that is
good. “Good indeed is the Lord” (Ps 100:5a).
Jesus is God, Jesus is the focal point of creation, Jesus
is fullness of all that is good, but Jesus came to be man
to suffer and die for us. How awesome is that?! Only with
Jesus did it become possible “through him to reconcile
all things for him, making peace by the blood of his cross”
(Col 1:20a). Jesus shed his precious blood in order that we
might be reconciled to God. And only in Jesus is there reconciliation
and peace for everyone else. Indeed, “his faithfulness
lasts through every generation.” (Ps 100:5c).
How then should we respond to these awesome realities? We
give Jesus the worship that is his due, as we “enter
his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise.”
(Ps 100:4a). We allow our hearts to be filled with gratitude,
as we “give thanks to him, bless his name” (Ps
100:4b). We rejoice in the Lord always, as we “shout
joyfully to the Lord” and “come before him with
joyful song.” (Ps 100:1b,2b).
the wonder of Jesus is not just for ourselves. Jesus is to
be shared to “all the lands” (Ps 100:1c). Thus
we witness to Jesus. We proclaim the good news of salvation
in him. We give our all and “serve the Lord with gladness”
(Ps 100:2a). We expend our lives so “that in all things
he himself might be preeminent.” (Col 1:18c).
have been saved. You have been called and chosen. You have
been equipped. You are being sent forth. So go and witness