He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17
Today's thoughts from today's verse:
We are going to get a little scientific today as we continue to discover all that God's Christmas gift, Jesus Christ, is 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."
This name for Christ was foretold to the world before his birth so that the world would have insight into the purposes for which he came. It was through the birth of Christ on that first Christmas so long ago, that his presence with us took on profound meaning and significance. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus Christ is the Father's gift to us and at the very heart of who Jesus Christ is to us is the blessed reality that he is indeed the Savior of the World. We started our week with 2 Corinthians 9:15 where it says, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” After we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, we come to know him as our Head, our Completion, our Creator, and our Sustainer.
What an amazing Christmas present Jesus Christ is to us and what a privilege we have for helping others receive God’s indescribable gift this Christmas Season. A very simple way to share the gift of Jesus Christ is to invite the people you are burdened for to the Christmas Program at the church on December 10 & 11. It really is something we can all do. Our invitation to come can make all the difference in the world to those whose hearts God is even now preparing for Himself.
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. Thank you, Jesus, for the amazing gift you are and show me who you have for me to share you with this Christmas Season. Amen!
Posted on Fri, December 2, 2016
by Ken Hart