15-18We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.
18-20He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.
EVERYTHING was created not only BY him but FOR him. God created each thing for a purpose in Him, not just the good things, not just the things we like, EVERYTHING. and each of those things ‘finds a purpose in Him’
He was there before any of this started, he held it together and created it then, as he does now. this weekend an illustration used to explain this was starry skies. just look up into the stars from the middle of nowhere like the Natchez Trace and you’ll see it all held together. God holds it all together, not just the universe, but our lives. when things are in turmoil or feel as if they are going in a million different directions, God is there to hold it all together and adjust it for the purposes of equipping if we let Him. if we accept his love and accept his calling for our lives, he will adjust for the purposes of equipping. even if we don’t accept, he’ll still hold us together because we are his children.
‘so spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place, without crowding’
how often do we feel crowded in our lives? or like we don’t have a place where we are? i know i feel that way alot. Beth Moore talked about how sometimes if we don’t feel like we ‘fit’ somewhere, that’s just fitting because something in that situation or someone is there to complete us in a way through God, until we are around those who bring out the worst in us, God cannot bring out the best. we go through the fire for a reason. but in God, we all have a place, we all have a unique and special talent and skill and resting place in Him. no two are alike. we are snowflakes in His eyes.
Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies.
everything broken, abused, damaged, tarnished, is made clean in Him. the pieces of our lives that are falling apart are put together in Him. he adjusts and repairs us to equip and prepare us for the lives He made for us. and like a body and a snowstorm, each snowflake and each piece plays a radical role in the grand story. if the word ‘the’ was simply taken out of books, the books would make no sense. if the pinky toe was removed, not so good. we each have a place in the grand story/snowstorm/body of Christ and in Him we can rest in that.
Christ’s supremacy conquers all, and it truly is as simple as it seems. the hugeness of it all is just that, huge, but it’s not as complicated as our minds tend to naturally make it.
The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. (Colossians 1:27-29, message)