15 He is the image of the invisible God and is supreme (first born) over all creation.
He is the image. The Bible word is “eikon.” Where we get the word, “icon.” Icons are used for worship as a representation that we see God through. “The good news in line and color.”
Jesus is the image of God for us.
Think of it this way.
When someone is sitting in the room next to you, you know they are there, but you can’t see them. However if there is a hallway between the rooms and a mirror in the hallway, you might see them in the mirror. You see the image of who they are. It is their icon, their mirror image.
This is who Jesus is. We can’t see God. We can experience his presence, but there is so much we don’t know.
But, when God comes to earth as Jesus, we get to experience him in a whole new way. We have a record of what he did and said. We have eyewitnesses who wrote things down and saw how he lived life. So, we see Jesus in a whole new way. He is our image for how to live.
Think of it. Jesus lives in a world of struggle, pain, and suffering. Exactly like we do. Jesus lives in a world of love, joy and beauty. He sees things we see. Birds. Lilies. He sees the beauty exactly like we do.
And there is more. God tells us we are created in his image. His icon, as it were.
Listen to these words again from Genesis One.
So God created man in His own image;
in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them.
Jesus is the image of God. We are the image of God. Jesus is the model for who we are to be. Firstborn, meaning supreme over all of creation.