28 Days of Christmas Devotions: The Greatest Gift-The Gift of Christ
Day 12: The Gift of Being Complete
“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.” Colossians 2:9-10 NASB
In this text of scripture Paul makes one of the most complex and profound statements about The Christ. When Paul said, “In Him (Jesus) all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form” Paul was making the profound statement that Jesus is fully God and fully man. This is a profound yet complex statement. Complex because it is so difficult for our finite minds to wrap around. Yet, this truth is of fundamental importance to the believer. God didn’t just visit man in bodily form. He became a man; He dwells, present tense, in bodily form.
This truth is of fundamental importance for in it we find Jesus, who is fully God and fully man, uniquely qualified to be the Savior of the world. Christ alone is qualified to save the world from their sins. For this reason, Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” He is not a way He is the way.
When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary telling her God’s plans for her to conceive a child she asked, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” (Matthew 1:34). In the next verse “The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.” In this miraculous way, God is Jesus Father giving Him the fullness of Deity, and through Mary He received His flesh making Him man.
Since sin is passed down from our fathers from generation to generation all the way back to Adam, Joseph could not have fathered Jesus. Jesus would have inherited his sin disqualifying Him from being the Savior of the world. Since God was His Father He inherited no sin. As a man He fulfilled all righteousness living a sinless life. Therefore, Jesus, and Jesus alone, was qualified to be the Savior of the world. II Corinthians 5:21 says, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
For this reason Paul said, “In Him you have been made complete.” Prior to knowing Jesus our life was void and incomplete. So many people’s lives today are still incomplete. They are desperately trying to fill that void with sex, drugs, money, power, materialism, false religions, and a whole host of other things. Only Jesus can complete us. By placing our faith in Jesus, the God/Man, we are lacking in nothing and are complete in every way. Truly, we have received the greatest gift the world has ever seen.
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