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Read Colossians 1:15-20.

In many churches today, we tend to emphasize the humanity of Jesus. And why not? It is His humanity that makes Him so approachable and relatable. But we must not neglect why the fact that He took on flesh is so wondrous: Jesus is fully God.  

Christ is exactly who He claimed to be: “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30); “Very truly I tell you, . . . before Abraham was born, I am!” (8:58); “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. . . . Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves” (14:9b, 11).  

Jesus’ disciples marveled at His power: “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (Mark 4:41). This is why they ascribed to Him divine titles and roles: “the First and the Last” (Revelation 1:17, 2:8, 22:13); “the true light” (John 1:9); forgiver of sins (see Colossians 3:13); the rock and stone (see 1 Peter 2:6-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-4). Even Thomas’ doubt gave way following His resurrection, and he called Jesus, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28).  

Jesus is God's full expression—the sovereign ruler of the universe, the head of the church. He is the infinite, all-powerful, all-knowing, holy God who became flesh to atone for our sins. Christian, may you not forget His majesty, but endeavor “to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, . . .” (Deuteronomy 10:12).  

Prayer: Lord, You are infinitely almighty—righteously full of zeal for Your name—and yet You love me. What a blessing to have You on my side—my Captain, my King. I worship You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness” (Colossians 2:9-10a).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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