Welcome to Summer 2016 and to Antioch’s study of the book of Colossians. Hopefully, these brief devotionals will enrich your time in God’s Word and help prepare your heart for Sunday when we’ll study these verses as part of our “More of Jesus” series.
I saw him/her in the flesh” is a common phrase people use to emphasize that they really met or were in the presence of a certain person. Paul, the writer of the letter to the church in Colossae, says in chapter 1 verse 15, “He is the image of the invisible God.” Jesus became flesh and blood, skin and bone! Wow, what a radical act for the One who, according to verses 16-18:
Created all things
Holds all things together
Has first place in everything and
Is the Head of the church
Why in the world would the God of ALL allow Jesus to lower Himself to become a man? Simple, but mind boggling—He wants for us to see “Him in the flesh,” to have relationship with us, a relationship He had with Adam and Eve and one He aimed to restore. And this was the only way, the Creator allowing Himself to be held by His creation, known as a man, murdered as a criminal and resurrected as the once and for all Reconciler between God and man.
Click here to read the fascinating story of Akiane, the child art prodigy, who had visions of Jesus “in the flesh” and shared them with us all.
Then, embracing the flesh and blood Jesus in your own mind, read Colossians 1:15-20 and meditate on who He is and what He has done.
By Penny Allison