The Ministry of Christ

He is also the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. – Colossians 1:18

Christ has ascended into the heavens and sits at the right hand of God the Father. What is He currently doing—what is His present ministry to His people? Scripture paints several pictures of Christ’s present ministry to help us visualize, understand, comprehend, and appreciate what Christ is about today as He rules on high.

First, Christ is the leader of a new creation. Adam was the head of the human race, and when he fell, sin entered the world and each of us because Adam was our representative. Jesus Christ represents the new man as the last Adam. He brings life, hope, and restoration to the environment that had been cursed because of the first Adam. The last Adam is the reversal of the curse of the first Adam. And He transforms us so that our new life in Christ shows through.

Christ also sits as the head of the body. The body of Christ is the church, and He is its head. The job of the body is to carry out the instructions of the head. Just as physical bodies rely on the mind for direction, so the members of the church look to Christ for direction.

Christ is also the Shepherd of the sheep. In John 10:14, Jesus said, “I am the good Shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me.” Jesus makes provision for His sheep. Jesus said we are His sheep, and we must be guided through the right door—His door—to salvation. In Him we are not only saved but also safe. That truth can help you to rest well today.