Jesus Above All: His Universe

“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)

In many cultures, Jesus gets some serious screen time during Christmas and Easter. Much of the world at least acknowledges that those seasons are about him. But if our only understanding of Jesus came from those holidays, we’d be missing a lot, wouldn’t we?

jaa_350In the one season, he’s a baby. In the other, he’s convicted, beaten, killed and resurrected. In neither do we see him – at least in action – as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In other words, we don’t know Jesus at all if we don’t know him as the one who is above all.

We’re going to listen in this week as the writer of Hebrews reminds us again that Jesus is far above everything and everyone. And he always has been. And he always will be. All of life is his story, not just Christmas and Easter.

For starters, today’s passage tells us that Jesus’ name is on everything – twice. First, he is the “heir,” or the one who gets everything in the end. (That includes you and me and everything we can think of.) But he is also the one through whom everything was made in the first place. Turn us over, and you’ll see, “Made through Jesus.”

It literally is his universe.

Think: Could any person or being be more important than the one through whom everything was made and who will inherit everything in the end? Does thinking about Jesus’ power make you feel smaller?

Pray: Praise Jesus as the heir of all things and the one through whom the universe was made.

Do: Read more about Jesus’ above-allness in Colossians 1:15-19.