Today’s song is not one you have likely sung along with on the radio or on a Sunday in church. This is an ancient hymn, one borrowed by the Apostle Paul from the hymnbook of the first century church. It’s found in the first chapter of Colossians.
I don’t know if was ever set to music, but I do know that it may be the most outstanding proclamation in all of the Bible of who we find in the manger at Christmas. If the words to this song are true, it really does affect everything. Read slowly and let the full weight of this one settle into your mind and heart today.
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything.
For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
(Colossians 1:15-20 NLT)