Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see – such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
Relate: How powerful is a word? Like all of creation, I am linear. I am only able to move through time in one direction. So I was not there when the first word was spoken. I can only imagine what it would have been like to hear that word as it rang out, “Let there be light” and then from nothing, something, which then expanded into everything at speeds incomprehensible to my angelic mind. Though the universe continues to expand today, the rate at which it did in those few seconds, minutes, and days is beyond any mind but the Almighty’s to truly grasp.
I was not there for the first word, but I was for the second. Though I heard His voice, I was nowhere near the speaking when God spoke on the second day. None of His angels, until that moment, had any idea that God was going to take a special interest in one liquid, molten ball of rock orbiting an average-sized star a good way out in a galaxy that was in no noticeably way different from most of the other billions of galaxies. But then God spoke and on that piece of liquid rock, an atmosphere began to form. Later God spoke again and solid ground began to take shape as this little planet cooled. Then again, on that third day, impossibly, life began to form. On the fourth day, if it had the sentience to recognize it, that life would have been able to recognize that the atmosphere had cleared up enough for the sun, moon, and stars to be distinguished.
At each step in creation, a word was spoken. “Let there be…” That word is Christ. It is through that same word that everything is still held together. He existed with God since the beginning, and yet He is God Himself. I have had a few billion years to ponder this concept and yet it still eludes me. Understanding the true nature of God is as beyond me as grasping His power, or His wisdom, or His goodness, or His…
React: Grace. That Word became flesh. The very Word which created and sustains all the universe took on the form of a stupid and foolish species that had the audacity to rebel against Him. The love and grace demonstrated in this act defies understanding or explanation. The power set to set aside power in a rescue attempt on a people who voluntarily enslaved themselves and, for the most part, don’t even want freedom… this is the greatness of a God who is far beyond my feeble understanding. All I can do is cry out again, and again for all of eternity: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive all our power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise.”
You are the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. You are the creator and sustainer of me. The fact that You who breathe out stars would then form me by hand blows away my understanding of my worth. That You would then lay aside Your power and glory to come and live and die… for me. What else can I do but give You everything I have back in my feeble attempt at worship?