Let's Talk About How Worthy Is the Lamb

by Andrea Murdock

Colossians 1:15-20

The Son is the image of the invisible God,
        the one who is first over all creation,

16 Because all things were created by him:
        both in the heavens and on the earth,
        the things that are visible and the things that are invisible.
            Whether they are thrones or powers,
            or rulers or authorities,
        all things were created through him and for him.

17 He existed before all things,
        and all things are held together in him.

18 He is the head of the body, the church,
who is the beginning,
        the one who is firstborn from among the dead
        so that he might occupy the first place in everything.

19 Because all the fullness of God was pleased to live in him,
20         and he reconciled all things to himself through him—
        whether things on earth or in the heavens.
            He brought peace through the blood of his cross.


Key Verse:

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the one who is first over all creation. —Colossians 1:15



This Scripture passage is a hymn of praise for the wonder that is Christ Jesus. Paul begins this particular letter with celebratory reminders of the great things Jesus has done for his people. It is a classic lesson in group management: Praise publicly and often. Praise before and after offering criticism. Paul has lessons for the Colossians to learn, but he softens his message with reminders of Jesus’ love and power. Because Jesus sacrificed his life for us, it is our joyful responsibility and response to live our lives for his honor and glory. We are led by the Ruler of grace and the Lord of forgiveness.


Questions to Discuss:

What is your favorite hymn? What do the words say about God or your faith?

Do you have a friend, coworker, or mentor who is supportive even as he or she encourages you to improve?

Are you supportive when you should be, or do you tend to be harsh when you criticize? How can you improve your approach?

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