Jesus is the center

And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Colossians 1

I love the ceiling in an Orthodox church in our area, in which there is an iconic painting of Jesus in the center, surrounded by apostles and prophets. It is such a beautiful reminder of what we’re told in scripture, and quite specifically here, that Jesus is indeed the center for our life and existence in God. He is the one who brings us to God, as the God-Human, and through his incarnation, death and resurrection, along with his ascension, the pouring out of the Spirit, with the promise of his return.

And being center, or the one who has preeminence, or supremacy, our thoughts need to be fixed on him. In him we see the Father. And he is the one hope for the world to bring the needed justice and salvation, indeed the grace and actual kingdom of God. Beginning now even through the church. In God’s love, in and through him.

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