How could God possibly be in this?
What form of good could ever result from this situation?
This is bad, very bad. In fact, this situation reeks of malevolence. How could Christ enter into this muck???
Have you ever wondered why so many horrible things keep happening across the globe and why God doesn’t seem to be doing anything about them? Have you ever doubted God’s care and compassion?
Such thoughts and questions may cause us to doubt the goodness and the supremacy of Christ in our lives.
If we are honest, many of us have felt this way at one time or another at some level. We want answers. We want things to make sense. We desire order. We actually want a degree of control. We want to know that our God has everything in His sight and that He knows what is happening. And not only that, we want Him to do something about it. Now.
If you wonder if God is in control and what role Jesus Christ plays in the midst of it all, check out what Paul had to say to the Colossian Church who had their own doubts and misconceptions about Jesus:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by them 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. New International Version, Colossians 1:15-17
The Colossian Church held some mistaken beliefs about Jesus. Here are some of the things they believed; if Jesus was God, then he could not have come to Earth in bodily form. They believed that physical matter was evil. Second, the world was an evil place. Therefore, God could not have possibly created it. Third, Jesus was not the unique Son of God, but rather a special intermediary between God and man. In other words, Jesus Christ did not have the supreme power or authority to handle all the muck that was happening on earth. He was a good guy, but not awesome or powerful or supreme enough to deal with the concerns of man.
Paul disagreed. He wrote the Colossian church a letter to explain his reasoning and help direct them to these central truths of our Christian faith.
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God.
Jesus Christ is the firstborn over all creation.
By Jesus Christ, all things were created in heaven and on earth.
Jesus Christ reigns over the rulers, powers, and authorities on earth.
All things, invisible and visible, were created by Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is before all things.
In Jesus Christ, all things are held together.
Paul contended that Jesus Christ was divine and equal to God. As the image of the invisible God, Jesus Christ not only represented God but was able to reveal God to us; even when things turned horribly bad or turned in a direction we never expected in life.
In the midst of any number of different life upheavals, Jesus Christ is holding everything together. Every.Single.Thing.
Do we believe that?
It may be difficult to believe when we read about world events and see the horrors that are inflicted against mankind.
It may be difficult to believe when we are struggling with a long stretch of depression or mental illness.
It may be difficult to believe when we have been unemployed for months on end with no job prospects in sight.
It may be difficult to believe when we are challenged with health issues that have no effective remedy.
It may be difficult to believe when we hear about corrupt individuals who keep reaping and sowing the good life without apparent consequence.
It may be difficult to believe when we doubt God’s care and compassion in our lives and wonder if He knows the depth of our pain.
Friends, if we decide to remain in a similar camp of disbelief as the Colossians, then Jesus Christ would be a powerless and impotent Savior.
Granted, we may be experiencing something difficult in our lives. However, that doesn’t mean that Jesus Christ is not holding things together. Or that He is not holding us together.
Just because the visible things we see and experience may not be what we would like right now, does not mean that Jesus Christ is not in the center of it and the ultimate source of our salvation.
We are being held together in Christ; by His power, by His authority, by His grace and by His love.
He is our hope.
Without the hope, the power, and the strength of Christ, we are lost. Our faith would mean nothing. We must remember that our hope is strong and sure!
In Jesus Christ, all things hold together!
We may be hardly holding on in our circumstances. We may hardly understand what in the world is going on across the globe. However, our circumstances and even incomprehensible world events do not prevent our Savior from holding fast! We do not see as He does! This physical world is fleeting and will pass away. However, the things of Jesus Christ are everlasting and true. Whatever is happening right now has eternal purpose. Whether we see and feel his steady hand or not; we must trust in Christ and His care. We must believe we are in His grip at all times. Everything is before Him. He sees and understands what is happening and will overcome it all in His time and in His way.
Friends, be encouraged!
Whatever is occurring in your life is already handled! In Him, all things are held together. We can rest and take comfort in this truth; today, tomorrow and always.
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