13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
God takes the initiative to bestow his grace upon us who did not deserve his grace, and shower us with his love who did not merit to be loved. Through Jesus, God redeems us (v.14), forgives our sins (v. 14), and gives us peace through the blood of Jesus (v.20). It is only those who trust in Jesus in this life and the life to come, and it is also those individuals who set their hope and destiny in Christ alone shall have these spiritual benefits in this life. These benefits also bear important implications in our relationship with God and people. Our understanding of Jesus and our relationship with Christ determines everything we do in this life. Our choice to live for and follow Jesus in this life shape our values, worldview, ethic, moral choices and actions or the opposite. We gain redemption, forgiveness, and peace with God by being in the “Kingdom of God’s beloved Son,” that is we pledge full allegiance to Jesus as King, as we are committing our lives to following Him as Lord and Savior in this life.
Reason # 1: Jesus has supreme authority and ultimate power over all things, all peoples, and all nations (v.16)
Reason # 2: Jesus is the end or goal of all that exists—including you and I (v.16b)
Reason # 3: Jesus holds everything together–including your own existence, life, and death–by his power and strength (v.17).
Reason # 4: Jesus, the God-Man, while on earth has graciously embodied all the divine attributes and virtues, both visible and invisible, both transcendent and immanent.
Reason # 5: Jesus is supremely valuable than anything in this world.
Reason # 6: Jesus loves you and died for you.
Reason # 7: Jesus is patient, gracious, and kind.
Reason # 8: Jesus can fix your life and give you an alternative life.
Reason # 9: Jesus wants your present and future to be secured in Him.
Reason # 10: Jesus wants you to know him and love him.
First of all, in Jesus, the God-Man, God was made visible through the incarnation and through Jesus’ life, actions, humility, power, authority, holiness, compassion, love, forgiveness, and relationship with people. Jesus is life and He is your life.