Colossians 1:15-20 (NIV) He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Creator and Sustainer of all Creation
As creator, he holds all creation together in a “coherent or logical way, sustained and upheld, prevented from disintegrating into chaos.” We can only make true sense of the universe when Christ is at the center of it all. Christ is the author and end of all things. This implies that the created world is good and worthy to be appreciated. Yes, we might have abused and mismanaged it but it is inherently good and under the authority of its Creator. It also means that we can trust God to take care of our needs by protecting, sustaining and providing for us.
How does the fact that Jesus Christ is the creator and sustainer of all creation affect your view of the world?
Redeemer and Reconciler of the New Creation
As the redeemer, Christ holds the church (the redeemed people of God) together. He is the head of the church. His Lordship over the church is not imposed but rather earned. He died the most painful and humiliating death on the cross, and through “his blood, shed on the cross,” reconciles reconciles everything to God. Through Jesus Christ, the Father has provided the way for our salvation. But the story doesn’t end on the cross. He “the firstborn from among the dead.” He is the first both in time and rank to raise from the dead. He is the living proof that all who have put their hope in Him—those who believe in His name shall live forever. Death is not the end. This is the essence of Easter. Since Christ rose from the dead, we too shall rise with Him.
As we celebrate the Risen Christ this Easter weekend, let us make Him preeminent in every area of our lives.