Read Colossians 1:15-23
There was no way to know God. We were stuck in darkness, blind to the only way to real life.
But God. (Are there two more powerful words in the English language?)
He made Himself known. He took all that He is and put it into bodily form. Then He took on life, took on death, and now He reigns supreme over all that is. He reigns supreme over death and life and all of creation. What more is there to worry about? What more do we need?
“No one has ever seen God, not so much as a glimpse. This one-of-a-kind God-Expression, who exists at the very heart of the Father, has made him plain as day” (Jn. 1:18, MSG).
As I write this, I am messaging back and forth on Facebook with a new friend who’s family literally does not have food to feed his children. My heart hurts for him. It is so heavy for his family. Two tabs over, I am faced head-on with the burden God has allowed me to help carry, even as I write about the truth of God’s supreme reign over all that is.
God has made Himself known. Jesus Christ, the firstborn over all of creation, has conquered death. He holds life in His hands and nothing can thwart Him. He holds life in His hands.
“He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him” (Col. 1:22, Holman).
I read these words and wonder why it matters. Does it even matter that you and I can stand before God without any guilt because of what He did through Jesus Christ His Son when there is an entire family on the other side of the world who can barely make it to next week for lack of physical sustenance?
I want to believe it matters. So I dig deeper and find more truth.
Even this problem must bow to His authority. Even this burden that lays so heavy, feels so impenetrable, falls under the jurisdiction of Jesus Christ. He made death bow down to His power.
It absolutely matters. After all, what is the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ if not the truth that He made a way for us to stand before Him in eternity, alive forever?
You see, Jesus Christ makes all the difference. That’s how, even today, we can look forward to celebrating the truth of Resurrection Day. And we will celebrate with all that we are because He is worth it.