Christ Is the Head

Dan Unekis

READ : Colossians 1:1-23

And [Jesus] is the head of the body, the church. (v. 18 NIV)

The Bible supplies many different images for the people of God. We are called the bride of Christ, a flock of sheep under the care of a watchful shepherd, a vine tended by a careful gardener. But the most frequently used image for the church is the body of Christ.

The most complete explanation of the body of Christ is given in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. This passage claims that each person who has been baptized by the Spirit forms a body—Christ’s body. I have been to a number of well-meaning Bible studies that focus on our identity within the body. However, few of them focus on Christ as the head of this body.

We must take care to not decapitate ourselves as the body of Christ. Jesus is the head of the body. It is in, through, and for him that all things were created (v. 16), and in him all things are held together (v. 17). While focusing on our roles within the body of Christ is a wonderful way to think about our corporate Christian calling, we need to remind ourselves that the most important part of a body is the head. The rest of the body certainly has important functions, but apart from the head, they are meaningless. It is in Christ that we find our ultimate identity as a body. This truth ought to inform all we do.


God, give us the humility to submit to Christ’s lordship as our head. Amen.