Friday, December 4th

Friday, December 4th

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 (NASB)

Today's thoughts from today's verse:

We have been "unwrapping" Jesus Christ, so to speak, and discovering more and more of who he is and what he gives us. We are going to get a little scientific today as we continue to "unwrap" God's Christmas gift to us. Yesterday we considered the fact that Jesus Christ is the Creator who made us. Today's verse says that "He is before all things." A very popular component of scientific thought is that matter is infinite and therefore can neither be created or destroyed. Two conflicting truth claims cannot both be correct. Jesus Christ being "before all things" necessitates a point when all things that exist did not exist. So, Jesus Christ is the Creator who brought matter into existence and he did it "ex nihilo" - out of nothing. Only our Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is infinite.

Jesus Christ brought everything that exists (besides God) into existence at a very specific point and ever since according to Today's verse, "in Him all things hold together." Not only did Jesus Christ create the universe but he sustains it. If Jesus Christ were not sustaining the universe, it would not hold together. In other words, the ongoing existence of matter requires the ongoing work of Christ to sustain the universe. If he were to stop this work, it would be the end of all things. His sustaining presence is readily seen in his creation, but mankind just as readily becomes confused about what they see.

Often, it is asserted that God is in everything and God is everything. However, from our Scriptural understandings of Jesus Christ being the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, we can confidently assert that if all that exists were to disappear, God would still exist. God is not the creation and his existence is in no way dependent on the existence of the universe. While the reality of the sustaining presence of Christ is an amazingly wonderful thing, it is only a small part of a fuller understanding of Christ's presence in the universe. Christmas is all about a fuller understanding of Christ's presence. The Scriptures speak of Jesus Christ, God's Christmas gift to us, as "Immanuel." Immanuel means, "God with us." In the days leading up to Christmas we will "unwrap" more and more of the full meaning of Christ's presence with us.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I pray that you will keep solidifying my understandings of who you are and all you give. Thank you for your Word. What a blessing it is to have the Scriptures in my hand, mind, and heart. Please remove everything from me that conflicts with who you really are and what you came to give me. Show me what the fullness of your presence with us really means. Amen!

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