Christ is Preeminent (5 of 23) by Stephen Whitney

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Christ is Preeminent (5 of 23)
Series: Colossians - The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ
Stephen Whitney
Colossians 1:18-20

Phillips Brooks the Philadelphia pastor, who wrote O Little Town of Bethlehem (1868), described the life of Jesus: ''He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He never went to college. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but himself.

He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today his is the central figure of the human race. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on earth as has that one solitary life.''

SUPREME PLACE :18 Position - Head The church is pictured as a body with Christ as the head. The head is a symbol of the one who is the greatest or most significant.

Daniel 2 Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a statute which looked like a man with a head of gold, a chest of silver, legs of iron and feet of iron and clay. When Daniel interpreted the dream he told Nebuchadnezzar that he was that head of gold (:38). He would be the greatest of the four kingdoms which the statue represented.

The church is pictured as a body with Christ as the head. Those who are members of the body of Christ are the arms, hands, legs, feet and everything else that makes up the body. As the head of the church, Christ is the leader and we are his followe ...

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