Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Profound Mystery

When a builder constructs a house, he leaves most of the work in others’ hands – plumbers, carpenters, electricians, roofers, etc. But Christ created “all things” by Himself, through Himself, and to Himself (Col. 1:16). Moreover, He maintains what He created. That is to say, the hand that made all things preserves all things. “In him all things hold together” (Col. 1:17). How?

Christ maintains all things as the foundation upon which they stand. He “hangs the earth on nothing” (Job 26:7). This means His power is the only pillar that supports it.

Christ maintains all things as the fountain from which they derive their motion. If He were to suspend His influence, the fire wouldn’t burn, the eye wouldn’t see, the sun wouldn’t shine, the wind wouldn’t blow, the rain wouldn’t fall, the hand wouldn’t move, the bird wouldn’t fly, the grass wouldn’t grow . . . you get the idea.

Christ maintains all things as the bond by which they hold together. Why doesn’t the cosmos burst apart? There’s only one reason: Christ is the principle of cohesion in the universe. It’s impossible for any part of creation to exist for a moment apart from His power.

As we celebrate the incarnation this Christmas, how we should marvel at this profound mystery! The One who made all things out of nothing, and maintains all things from returning to nothing, was born of a woman! He has drawn so close as to clothe Himself with our humanity. He has drawn close as to suffer in a fallen world. He has drawn so close as to taste death for us.

Once did the skies before thee bow,
A virgin’s arms contain thee now.
Angels who did in thee rejoice,
Now listen for thine infant voice.


Mel said...

"drawn so close" love that. Thanks for this reminder that there is no 'Maverick molecule' outside of His control. It reminded me of a video my folks showed me once - during this talk he shows how the 'cross' itself is seen in the vastness of the universe.. and the smallest detail of human cells... an intriguing watch:

P.S.. I hear we get to blame Texas for all this ice storm up here.. so, thanks. hehe.
mel ;)

Stephen Yuille said...

So I hear... Texas is to blame for Ontario's ice storm. I'm still trying to figure that one out.