January 16, 2018
READ: Colossians 1:13-22
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation (v.15).
A few years ago, I learned about a type of protein found in humans and animals called laminin. This protein, positioned outside cells, provides support for cells inside organs. Because laminin has the ability to bind like glue with other proteins and cells, it provides a vital role in holding tissues and organs together. Interestingly, when viewed from a specific angle, laminin has a shape similar to that of a cross.
Thinking about this protein’s crucial function reminded me of Paul’s description of Jesus as the one who “holds all creation together” (Colossians 1:17). Paul gave this aweinspiring description of Jesus to counteract the various false teachings influencing the small church of Colossae to rely on things other than Jesus, the One who is far above all others (v.18). Through the Spirit’s inspiration, Paul highlighted Jesus as the only Source, Sustainer and Saviour of creation (vv.16-19).
Jesus is the creation’s Source because He was with God in the beginning (John 1:1-2) and “through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth” (Colossians 1:16). He’s the Sustainer because “he holds all creation together” (v.17). Far from being distant from what He’s made, Jesus is involved in every aspect of it. Finally, He’s the Saviour because through His sacrifice on the cross “God reconciled everything to himself” (v.20).
Although human sin has wounded creation, Jesus, the Source, Sustainer and Saviour is restoring all things. Because of Him, we can stand “blameless . . . before [God]” (v. 22) as we live for Him. This is an amazing yet true reality, not just in the future or after we die but right now!
—Estera Pirosca Rscobar
365-day plan: Genesis 25:19-34
Read Mark 4:35-41 and consider what it reveals about Jesus’ power.
In what or in who, besides Jesus, are you prone to place your trust? Why is He more worthy of your trust than anything else?