Jesus Christ

Leanne VanDyk

READ : Colossians 1:15-20

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. (v. 19)

Read: Belgic Confession, Articles 10-11

“Once upon a time” our favorite fairy tale stories begin. The Belgic Confession Article 10 tries to say something like this about Jesus Christ – only much, much more. The question deals with the beginning of Jesus Christ. Where did he come from? What was his origin? The answer has something to do with “once upon a time.” Only much, much more.

Article 10 surveys the biblical material on the origin of Jesus Christ. The prophet Micah gave a cryptic hint about “ancient days” (Micah 5:2). The writer of Hebrews mentions something about the Son of God “having neither beginning of days nor end of life” (Heb. 7:3). Paul the apostle spells this out most beautifully in that splendid first chapter to the Colossians. There are so many memorable lines in this memorable hymn: “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things.”

This sounds so much better than a fairy tale. The Belgic Confession concludes with a succinct summary line, “So then, Christ is the true eternal God, the Almighty, whom we invoke, worship, and serve.” Instead of a fairy tale, this is the gospel truth.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus Christ, as you once lived on earth, live now in us by the Holy Spirit. Call us to the ministry of reconciliation that you have accomplished. Amen.