July 21, 2019 – Pastor Tim Dean
Paul’s letter to the Colossians gives us a massively changed theological perspective. Christ Jesus “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
The changed perspective is that the One who created everything—heavens, earth, moon, universe—is the same One who became fully human. Jesus is the glimpse, icon, of the eternal God. This changed perspective is based on real human experience.
Paul writes that this changed perspective is for all of us who are part of the body, where the risen Christ is the head. Paul says that the invisible God is made visible in you, plural, us, the church, the people joined to him.
Yet another giant leap of perspective is in the other direction—from human to the infinite. The One we know in the humanness of Jesus is the exact same God who creates everything. Christ is the One who has made all things, redeemed all things, and promises to reconcile all things—the whole work of creation will be brought to completion in and through the same Christ.
Colossians shows us a Cosmic Christ—Christ who is active in creating the universe and calling it “good.” So the Cosmic Christ is the One we see in an awe-inspiring sunset or the wonder of distant galaxies we don’t understand. Or in the gift of clean water or the “a-ha” moment of scientific exploration. Or…in our colorful, fragile Earth home, floating in the midst of darkness of space. This Earth is a profound gift from the One who is head of it all.
Prayer this One in whom all things hold together
“We thank you for our senses
By which we appreciate your creation.
We thank you for our science, by which we can explore it
And wonder at its beauty and utility.
Grant us hearts filled with wonder,
That we may sense the promise in this blue-green planet
And feel convinced that our role is to care for it;
And likewise that we may share in the wonder
Of him who is before all things,
And in whom all things hold together.” (homiletics.com 7/21/19)
May the Cosmic Christ, our Creator, Redeemer and Reconciler of all, be praised. He gives us all a giant change of perspective!