Meditation for Monday

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. Colossians 1:15

There must have been something about me when I was a toddler that reminded many people of my father, because I remember people referring to me as ‘a chip off the old block’. By that, they meant that I appeared to be made of the same stuff as my Dad. Looking back on my life and his, I think they were wrong. We had many differences in many areas.

But when we come to the person of the Lord Jesus, He was exactly like his Father. Of course, we know it could not have been otherwise, and He Himself could say, ‘I and my Father are one’. They are both God, with all of the attributes of Deity. And in His coming into the world, Jesus showed to us the character of the Father. So when we come to the second part of our verse, we find the One who is the firstborn is the only One who could live up to what the Father required. As the firstborn, He has the birthright, He is the inheritor, He is the successor. The term firstborn refers to His position among mankind. He had to become a man in order to take on that rank. But He lived up to His Father’s expectations.

What is God like? We have only to study the life of the Lord Jesus as portrayed by the four Gospels. Absolute holiness, unfathomable and unconditional love, perfect in knowledge and wisdom, are all displayed in His life and are manifestations of the Father’s heart and character.

As we consider Him today, we should try to live up to His expectations of us. He has set for us a perfect example. -Jim MacIntosh

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