walk in the word
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.
Sometimes we think too highly of ourselves. We sit in our little houses on our little postage-stamp pieces of property in little suburbs of a city that we think is so big. But when we realize that the universe and everything in it owes its existence to Jesus, we begin to realize our relative insignificance in light of His surpassing supremacy.
Colossians 1:16 says that all things were created through Him. This does not contradict Genesis 1:1, which tells us that God created the heavens and the earth. Rather, it teaches us that within the Triune God, it was Jesus Christ who spoke the universe into existence.
When we speak of Jesus creating the universe, that includes the newly discovered “Pistol Star” (named for the shape of the nebula that surrounds it). This star is big enough to fill the diameter of Earth’s orbit, with a nebula that could easily span the distance from here to Alpha Centauri, about 25 trillion miles away. It is ten million times more powerful than our Sun, releasing as much energy in six seconds as the Sun does in one year. Yet here we are, stuck in this little teeny solar system, in our little corner of the universe called the Milky Way galaxy, and we think we are big time because we have the Hubble Telescope!
The edge of the known universe (if you can believe this) is twelve billion light years away. It is hard to get your mind around that; let me try to help. A light year is six trillion miles, so multiply twelve billion by six trillion. Six trillion . . . six trillion . . . six trillion . . . six trillion . . . six trillion. There’s five. Now do that twelve billion times! Astronomers see infrared images of the universe, and they think, “Oh man! We’re seeing way out there! We’re seeing right to the edge of the universe!” But every time they get a more powerful telescope and turn it on, they see even more.
The Word of God says that Jesus spoke all that into existence! Are we only a little enthusiastic? Are we only a little fired up that He came into this world and died to pay the penalty for our sins, and that He rose again? If so, we must humble ourselves before His grandeur and begin to pray, “Oh God, would you, just for moment, give us an understanding of the surpassing supremacy of Christ?” Our greatest joy—deep within the fabric of every human being—is not found in ourselves, but in losing ourselves in His surpassing supremacy!
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