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If It Doesn’t “Feel Like Easter”

Happy Holy week! Easter is on the horizon and this week is a week to remember Jesus’ commitment to the cross for our sake. I always love Easter because of how refreshing it is to remember Jesus’ victory while also experiencing his love and joy. For me this week has been so busy, filled with school, work, and commitments that it has been easy for me to rush through responsibilities instead of taking time to reflect on the cross. I can miss the powerful preparation moments because I am preoccupied with other things. May we forever be reminded that those other things never deserve a spot over Jesus. 

This week I was reading over Colossians 1:10-15 and it gives such a beautiful picture of putting Jesus in the most high seat of your life. Easter is a time where we put Jesus in his most rightful place which is celebrating him as Lord over all. I have noticed this week, as life has gotten busy, that I have been neglecting this part of the Holy week. I have been rushing through still and quiet moments because I have things to do, I have missed opportunities to reflect because I have spent time on other things. In a week that it is most important to remember who Jesus is, it has been a week that I can so easily push him to the side. 

If you feel the same, I want to talk through Colossians 1:15-10 with you as if we were studying God’s word over coffee together. This passage in the NIV version is titled “The Supremacy of the Son of God.” I love how that is worded because Jesus is supreme to all other things. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, he is supreme over your issues, he is supreme over your to do list, he is supreme over the worry in your heart. These are examples of his supremacy I often need to be reminded of. 

The full passage of Colossians 1:15-10 says “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 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.”

Jesus is God made in a physical image, the firstborn of creation. He is the first child in God’s family, as we hear it, he is the first and the last. Everything we have was created in his being. He didn’t just create love but he is love. He didn’t just write your story but he is a character in it. I love how it shares that everything… is for him. Every piece of nature is for him, every human life is for him, and he deserves every word and action we make to be for him too. Everything we have or see is held together by him. That is a concept that our human minds will never be able to understand. In and over all things he is superior and reconciliation is only possible because of his blood. 

The first part that stands out to me is the subject of Jesus being the first. He is the first child, the first created with God and in his image. Jesus is also first in order. Is Jesus first in the order of your life? I know that there are a lot of areas that I haven’t let him be first in. Are you surrendering the throne of your heart to Jesus? It is so important for us to remind ourselves of the place Jesus deserves to be in. Jesus delights in being your most high, he was to be your friend and he wants to do life with you. Most importantly Jesus wants to be your savior.

The second part that stands out to me in this passage is the power of his blood and reconciliation. Verse 19 says that God was pleased to have the fullness of who he was dwelling in Jesus. I recently read about Moses and thought to myself man how it could be to walk with God the way Moses did. Well, newsflash we get to!! We get to experience that if not more because the fullness of who God is dwells in Jesus and because of the cross Jesus gets to be our closest friend. We are redeemed in Jesus because of his blood. God’s greatest desire is to see us experience his fullness but the only way to do that is through Jesus.

In Jesus is all things, it’s the peace you have been waiting for, in Jesus is the comfort you didn’t know you were missing. Jesus holds together our lives. When things fall apart, he holds the pieces in his hands and re-creates them into the most beautiful masterpiece. In him is all things, for him is all things, and may all that we do be to him. Jesus you have supremacy in our hearts! This Easter week, whether you are ready for Easter or have been so busy that it doesn’t even feel like Easter, I hope that you can put Jesus on the throne of your heart and live reconciled through the peaceful blood of Jesus.

XO Scarlet