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In a world of celebrity and media vying for our attention, we turn now to Jesus. In the stillness of this moment ask him to be present to you and you to him.


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Bible passage Colossians 1:15–23


The Supremacy of Christ
 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 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. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 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.

 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.



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If you had to choose your favourite hymn or worship song, which one would it be? In all probability you would opt for a composition where the music and words are perfectly matched. According to most Bible scholars, what you have just read is a hymn whose tune has been lost.

Paul may be its writer, although it is likely that he is quoting from a hymn that was familiar in all his churches. And what a majestic piece of poetry it is. It’s all about Jesus, but not from the limited perspective of the believer, but in his status as Lord of all creation. Everything takes its meaning from him and is accountable to him.

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Moreover, to see Jesus is to see God. He is literally the ikon (v 15) of the invisible God. There is no one like him. Awesome in creation, powerful in reconciling us to himself through his death, Jesus is without equal. All of God’s fullness dwells in him.

And that’s the point. Paul wants us to know that our faith in Jesus is enough; there’s no elusive top-up that we need apart from him.


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Use this passage as your worship and prayer today. Let these sublime words and their cosmic description of Christ inspire you to pour out your heart in praise and adoration.

Gethin Russell-Jones


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‘Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne.’ (Matthew Bridges, 1800–94)

It is not uncommon to be told that it is OK to be a Christian, as long as you don’t universalise and say that Jesus is the Saviour of the world. With so many religious alternatives, why be exclusive? In today’s passage Paul affirms that Jesus Christ is not to be reduced to one option among many. He declares that ‘in everything he might have the supremacy’ (v 18). Christianity is inescapably exclusive, because of the inescapably exclusive claims of Christ.

First, Paul affirms Christ’s unique relationship to God (v 15). All religions ask, ‘What is God like?’ Paul replies that Christ is ‘the image of the invisible God’. We look at him and we see the God who cannot be seen. He is indwelt by the fullness of God (v 19). Jesus is 100 per cent of what God is. Everything about God is encapsulated in Jesus. Second, Paul affirms Christ’s unique relationship to the universe. If our first question is, ‘What is God like?’, the second is, ‘Why are we here?’ Paul answers that question at a personal and at a cosmic level. At the centre of creation lies a divine person (v 17), who existed before the universe, was the agent of creation (v 16) and sustains all things (v 17). The third reason why Christ must have supremacy is his unique work on the cross. A further question is, ‘Does God care?’ Paul assures us that Christ came to restore and to reconcile (vs 21,22). He is not some distant God, but through Christ’s ‘physical body’ (v 22) he has rescued us and brought us back home.

No wonder we are called to commit ourselves wholeheartedly to Christ (v 23). We can give our lives fully to him because he is the safest guide in the universe.

Jonathan Lamb


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The splendour of the king (How great is our God)
Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves & Ed Cash
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Comments
  • Sue Hanson | Monday, 06 November 2017

    Today in Australia the country will stop to watch the Melbourne Cup.. They will study the form .. the horses.. the jockeys. Oh that this country would study God's Word and turn to Jesus.

  • Rosemary Fairweather | Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    Barbara, your comments and link lifted my spirit and made my morning. Sharing joy among fellow believers is wonderful. I join with David and many others in praying for you Carol this morning.

  • Gilvin Crisifeca | Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    Jesus wasn't the first person to be raised from the dead but Jesus was the first “born-again” person. He not only had a glorified body, but He also had a spirit that had been raised in newness of life. All Christians have new, born-again spirits, and they will receive glorified bodies at the second coming of Christ. How wonderful is that, thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • Helen Humby | Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    Please can I ask for prayer for my sister Hilary. She is a wordliver too. She has a mastectomy op this morning to remove a cancer which has returned after 11 years. Thank you

  • Lynda Spencer | Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    SUE, thank you for introducing me to The Bible Project! As a visual learner I found it really helpful! In fact I loved it so much I explored another couple of Bible books while I was there, including Esther which we have just finished studying at our church Bible study group. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a clear and succinct overview of any book of the Bible. I also love David Pawson's 'Unlocking the Bible' talks on Youtube, and am slowly working my way through those as well. It is such a blessing to have all these resources at our disposal as we study God's Word each day.

  • Lynda Spencer | Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    HILARY, I add my prayers for HELEN. BARBARA, it was great to read your enthusiastic comment yesterday. CAROL, you are in my prayers today also. May the Lord bless you all this day.

  • Lynda Spencer | Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    Sorry, HELEN, I am now praying for HILARY, having got you the wrong way round! Sorry.

  • Angela Munday | Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    What blessed assurance we have that Christ lives in us; God has given us this wonderful comfort to reassure us of His truth that He has placed deep inside each one of us .......seek it and you will find it. "You are blameless as you stand before him...continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it." ( verses 22&23 )........CAROL and HILARY, God will be with you both; may you feel the peace that only He can give as you trust in Him. Amen.

  • Marilyn Wadsworth | Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    Hilary, it is 11 years ago since I had a mastectomy. I pray that you may know the peace and presence of God as you walk into hospital today.Just place yourself into His hands and He will bring you through!

  • Gill Glass | Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    Such riches for us today. What an amazing and mighty Creator and Saviour is Jesus. How great is our God! Yes, thank you Sue for sharing about the Bible Project. I also got absorbed and excited yesterday exploring a few of the resources. Also glad to read Barbara’s update, and praying for Carol and Hilary and other needs today.

  • Christopher Brann | Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    Hillery, may the Lord God be with you in strength today, may the Spirit give you peace so that you will be a light to those who are caring for you today

  • Sandra Laythorpe | Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    ['] prayers

  • David Chipchase | Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    Praying for Hilary.

  • Rebecca Huie | Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    Dear WordLivers, thank you for your powerful & effective prayers for me recently. And for your instructive comments, which I welcome as much as I do the prayers. You have tremendous prayer power. Thank you. Will be joining you today in prayer for Carol and Hilary, and for their families. The Lord will do great things for you and bring healing to those who are suffering. He IS a very present help in times of trouble. God bless each of you, dear family.

  • Ruth Lewis | Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    HELEN, I will also be praying for your sister Hilary. I am also praying for Carol, and all of my WL family. We all need prayer in these last and evil days. Sunday a man walked into a Baptist Church and shot and killed over 15 people and wounded many also. There were children included in the ones that were killed including an 18 month baby. Please won't you keep all of these families in your prayers. There are a lot of people grieving right now. The Pastors' 14 year old daughter was also shot and killed. This is a very small town where everyone knows everyone. This was a stranger that came into their little town and created murder. He was shot and killed trying to escape by the police.

  • Rebecca Huie | Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    RUTH, I was shocked by this news yesterday. It is just so senseless. The people were there to worship God and this happens. This is outrageous and horrible. I am trying to pray for the salvation of these shooters and terrorists- that they will have an encounter with the risen Lord and be converted. Surely the souls of the worshippers are with the Lord forever. But we pray for those who grieve. And for the healing of those who survived the shooting. Joining you in prayer, RUTH, for our entire nation.

  • Barbara Sabin | Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    I am not skilled to understand What God hath willed, what God hath planned; I only know at His right hand Stands One who is my Saviour. I take Him at His word indeed: “Christ died for sinners”—this I read; For in my heart I find a need Of Him to be my Saviour That He should leave His place on high And come for sinful man to die, You count it strange? So once did I Before I knew my Saviour And, oh, that He fulfilled may see The glory of His life in me, And with His work contented be, As I with my dear Saviour Yes, living, dying, let me bring My life to Him an offering—That He who lives to be my King Once died to be my Saviour

  • Ruth Lewis | Wednesday, 08 November 2017

    Beautiful Words in that Hymn BARBARA!!!

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