in him all things hold together

Him being Christ. One of my gripes about the endless search for the “Christ of history” is that it trivializes the Trinitarian view of the universe. Jesus of Nazareth was an historical figure, of course. But proving, or disproving, elements of that human history tell us nothing of what Christ means to history. In different words, Christ is history.

Too many of us, enamored as we are with our Buddy Christ, our Friend who takes care of our everyday problems and even sees to it that we get a convenient parking spot at the mall, forget that there’s a literally over-arching purpose for Christ. From Colossians 1, Paul gives us the larger purposes for the Christ:

15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For 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. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And 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.

Or, as we say, “as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.”

Christ provides the bonds that hold all together, throughout all time and space. Think of Christ as both our saviour, which he is, and as our connection to God the Father, which he is as well.

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