Christ the Head of the Church

Christ the Head of the Church
“And you will know that God’s power is very great for us who believe. That power is the same as the great strength God used to raise Christ from the dead and put him at his right side in the heavenly world. God has put Christ over all rulers, authorities, powers, and kings, not only in this world but also in the next. God put everything under his power and made him the head over everything for the church, which is Christ’s body. The church is filled with Christ, and Christ fills everything in every way.” – Ephesians 1:19-23

God gave Jesus the authority to rule over everything including the church. As members of a church, we may feel that we have the authority to rule it, especially if we give money and time to it. That should not be the case for a true believer of Christ since God put Christ in charge of it. We have to be humble and let Him run it. Letting Him run it involves us listening to what the prophets wrote about God, what Jesus taught His disciples in the Scriptures, and preaching what it says (Ephesians 2:20-22). Also, as members of the church we have to take part in the Lord’s Supper on a regular basis and be baptized and baptize new believers (Acts 2:41-42).

We cannot forget that Jesus’ high position as head of everything did not come without a price. He suffered greatly by being nailed to a cross with a crown of thorns on His head (Mark 15:24, Matthew 27:28-29). People hated Him so much so that they hit, spat on, and mocked Him (Matthew 26:67-68). Jesus also was abandoned by His disciples except for John while being abandoned by God (Mark 14:50, Matthew 27:46). God had to abandon Him to fulfill His plan for salvation. Jesus’ disciple, Judas betrayed Him for 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-16). He had to endure a lot for His high position of authority.

A church where the pastor, priest or clergy preaches the word of God and practices the sacraments is evidence that Christ is the head of that church and shows that they make Him the foundation. When the church does, it is a place for true believers to go to have fellowship with one another (Colossians 3:16). This is important for followers of Christ to stay united and to grow stronger (1 Corinthians 14:26).

Prayer of the day:

Dear heavenly Father,

You put Your Son in charge of the church. Jesus is the head of it. Therefore, help us to respect His position and listen to what He says. As believers, we want to keep the church focused on You since it is a place where the Holy Spirit dwells. We pray for the leaders of the church to preach the truth so people won’t be led astray from the Gospel that can lead to salvation. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!