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October 2016 - Celebrating at Harvest that Jesus is the first born over Creation.
Colossians 1:15 says,
He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation, 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.
- Do you have an attitude of gratitude at harvest?
- Do you view Jesus as the Lord of the harvest found in creation?
- Do you view Jesus as the Lord of the harvest of souls through history?
For me Jesus is the Lord of Heaven and Earth. Jesus is more than just a man, he is fully human and fully God. Jesus is the blueprint, the definition, the way, the truth and the life. If we look at Jesus’ life, we come to understand what God is like.
In Colossians 1:19 it says,
God was pleased to allow his fullness to dwell in him.
Jesus was the first born over all of creation, found fully in humanity within the confines of a human body in Jesus.
God’s human body in Jesus was the first born, the alpha and omega, at the beginning and the end of creation because Jesus is eternal. The pre-existent, Father, Son and Holy Spirit’s eternal existence that first created ideas, images, designs, and codes of life, DNA were spoken and breathed into existence. The Loving community of the trinity creating time, seasons, and the creative order we celebrate at Harvest.
I love the movement of the seasons this year September temperatures have been sensational.
This year the beautiful radiance of autumn colour has been held back. When the colours arrive they may well be exceptional according to the forestry commission. Plenty of rain and lots of warm sunshine are a good recipe for a dazzling display for an arboretum.
The growth due to a wet spring and a warm summer have meant a good build up in the sugars in the leaves. It is these sugars that produce dramatic autumn colour to admire.
Mild autumn will see prolonged colour into November. This could be a bumper season for berries, nuts, and fruits. We need to have an attitude of gratitude this harvest, for Jesus who was the first born over creation that created and lived in that creation. Jesus human body that experienced creation, breathed, walked, and talked. Jesus cried tears, laughed with joy and shared human emotion. Jesus is the God of empathy, love and in understanding the human condition. Jesus lived in the confines of the laws of physics, chemistry, atomic structures, and biological systems and cycles. Jesus also miraculously went beyond them pointing humanity to God.
- God drank water and wine - Turned water into wine,
- God eat bread and fish - Shared bread and fish with five thousand,
- God felt the warmth of a fire. - Ate fish with a miraculous resurrection body.
The miracle of incarnation (God with us) is that God in Jesus, became a part of the creation, he had created. This is the heart of the celebration of Christmas.
God’s human body lived, died and rose again to bring peace into creation and those he had created. This is the heart of the celebration of Easter.
This is the good news that the Colossian church were responding too. As Paul writes about the Supremacy of Jesus, being first born over creation and creating all things our response is to live with an attitude of gratitude to the Lord of the harvest. This is the heart of the celebration of Harvest.