Today's Devotion: April 24
The Preeminent One
By Him all things were created … that in all things He may have the preeminence.
Recently the website Wikipedia released a report based on its research and analysis listing the ten most influential people in human history. Who tops the list? It's Jesus Christ, of course; followed by Napoleon Bonaparte, William Shakespeare, Muhammad, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Adolf Hitler, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, and Thomas Jefferson.
It's undoubtedly true that Jesus of Nazareth is the most influential person who ever lived. But here's what's wrong with the list. The Lord Jesus Christ is in a class all by Himself; there are no competitors, no rivals; He is unique. He is Lord of all. He is King of kings, Lord of lords, the image of the invisible God. He is Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Preeminent One.
That's wonderful to contemplate. We'd be in sad shape if we had to worship Napoleon or some other name on that list. We don't pray to Shakespeare. We may admire Washington and Lincoln, but they can't give abundant life. There is only one Jesus, and He alone guides our steps, receives our worship, and gives us everlasting hope. He alone is preeminent.
He is preeminent in creation because He is the Creator. He is preeminent in redemption for He is the Redeemer. He is preeminent in the church because He is the One who gave Himself for the church.
J. Vernon McGee, in Thru the Bible: Colossians
2 Kings 17-18