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Who's Number One? (3 of 13)
Series: Jesus First
There are four major NT passages that I want you to remember. These four passages represent some very important teaching about Jesus Christ, the Son of God: John 1, Philippians 2, Hebrews 1, and the passage we find here, Colossians 1:15-20.
In Colossians 1:15-20, Paul magnifies and glorifies Jesus in a major way. He says in verse 18, ''that in everything, he might be preeminent…'' In other words, Jesus must be first in all things. Paul answers the question, Who's Number One? READ TEXT - PRAY
''That in everything, he might be preeminent…'' In other words, that He would be first place in everything. As an Atlanta sports fan we don't really know what that feels like, now do we?
*Everyone thinks their team is number one. Even if your team is not number one, you scream into the camera and hold your index finger high in the sky and say, ''We're number one.'' No you're not. But you say it anyways. And you might even believe it. Even when it's not true. In fact, we do this so much that companies have created enormous foam hands with a huge index finger sticking high up in the air. ''We're number one!'' I guess we think if we say it enough, it might really end up being true.*
But Paul isn't talking about a silly sporting event. Paul is talking about the whole world, all of creation, the entire universe. Who's Number One? Who is ''preeminent'' and above all things? Who is most important? There's only one answer. Who said the Atlanta Braves? That's definitely not the answer. The only answer is Jesus.
After finishing his opening remarks, Paul comes to the main issue at stake for the Colossian church: who is Jesus really? Paul's premise is that Jesus should be first. He's number one. He's most important. And he gives several reasons for that conclusion.
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