By Jesus // For Jesus

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For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:16) 

When you look up at the sky, every galaxy you see was created and is sustained by Jesus and for Jesus. When you look down at the ground, every ant you step on owes its existence to Jesus — it was created by him and for him. Every molecule in your body, every ocean, and body of water, ever mountain, boulder, iceberg, planet, fruit, animal, mineral, and person owes its existence to Jesus. That is why Paul says in Colossians 1:17, “And he is before all things, and in him, all things hold together.”

What holds the universe together is not an idea or a virtue but a person: the resurrected Christ. Without him, electrons wouldn’t continue to circle nuclei, gravity would cease to work, and the planets would not stay in their orbits. [1] (Douglas Moo)

Tree, God says, and there is one. But He doesn’t say the word tree; He says the tree itself. He needs no shortcut. He’s not merely calling one into existence, though His voice creates. His voice is its existence. That thing in your yard, that mangy apple or towering spruce, that thing is not the referent of His word. It is His word and its referent. If He were to stop talking, it wouldn’t be there. [2] (N. D. Wilson) 

Understand, that everything your eyes see, every molecule and atom in your body, every political structure, every king and president, every being whether visible or invisible, and every creature that exists in the deepest valleys of the ocean, all things—all things—were created and are being sustained by Jesus and for Jesus. If he were to stop speaking, even for a moment, everything you see and everything you don’t see would dissolve into oblivion.

Yet, here we are . . .

He upholds the universe by the word of his power. And it is because he created it and is sustaining it that he is supreme over all creation and deserving of first place. Jesus is supreme over all creation.


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[1] Moo, Douglas J. The Letters to the Colossians and to Philemon. Kindle edition. Grand Rapids, Mich: Eerdmans, 2008, loc. 2363.

[2] Wilson, N. D. Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World. Original edition. Thomas Nelson, 2009, pp. 42-43.