Before All Things

The Son of God possesses temporal priority: “In the beginning was the Word.” “Before Abraham was, I AM.” He existed before the creation; before the fall of mankind into sin. He also enjoys positional priority: “The one who came after me is before me, for he was prior to me.” Above the angels, greater than Satan and his demons; superior to all kings and rulers; transcendent over all nature and its processes. He is wiser than our wisdom; stronger than our strength; better than our best; greater even than our worst. God’s Son also has the priority of preciousness. He is the fairest of ten thousand, the lily of the valley, the bring and morning star. The bread of life, the door to heaven, the Good Shepherd, the light of the world, the way, the truth, the life – He is the great I AM who alone can satisfy, and who alone can save. Paul, who had considered “all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus” his Lord, wanted one thing: “To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings” (Philippians 3:8, 10). He deserves priority in our affections. “Simon, son of Cephas, do you love Me for than these?” Do we love Christ with sincerity of heart, delighting in Him more than silver and gold, diamonds and every precious gem? He ought to have priority in our thoughts: “Let the word of Christ dwell among you richly” (Colossians 3:16). He alone must come first in our longings and desires - “Seek those things which are above, where Christ is” (Colossians 3:1) - for He alone is our hope (1 Timothy 1:1)