Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | September 24, 2021

Beyond Appearances

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:15-16 (NIV)


My first vehicle was a 1970 dark green Volkswagen Beetle. I loved that little car. It was nothing fancy to the eye, but it took me everywhere I needed to go and never left me stranded. At age 19, my Beetle was my hero. Besides being my very first car, it was very reliable, affordable and trouble-free. To this day, each time I think of my little green Beetle, I smile.

When the apostle Paul addressed the believers in Colosse from prison, he started by greeting them with the peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul was a Jesus follower, and as such, he loved and cared for his followers. He would also admonish them because he wanted the best for them. Despite all the adversity he encountered in his life because of being a Jesus follower, Paul would not refrain from proclaiming who His Lord and Savior was, the image of the invisible God and firstborn over all creation.

To people in those days, especially those who judged by appearances and without the knowledge of who Jesus really was, He was much like my Volkswagen Beetle: plain and of little value. Also, because Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, in a sense, he would be a BMW-wannabe. Little did they know, but long before they ever became a thought in God’s plan of existence, Jesus already was, and the Bible says He and the Father are One.

Paul’s gift to the Colossians was the blessing of following the preeminent Lord and Creator, all sufficient, and the Master of Everything; born in a manger, the lowliest of places, but whose worth exceeds that of all earthly kings. Jesus, through Whom and for Whom all things were created – the Lord over everything – the gift that came swaddled in cloths but through Whom we are assured our eternity in heaven. Priceless.

“Lord: You are our all in all. Nothing in this world compares to You.”

For His Glory


Luska Natali
TRBC Women’s Life

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