Thursday, 24 January 2013

High, Higher, Highest

For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible..... All things were created by him and for him. (Colossians 1:16)

After four days of sunny bliss and actual heat(!), we welcome the mist back like an old friend. I recall the wonder of discovery next to a still body of water, bent down low and close to the teeming life under (and on) the surface. The sun warmed our backs, reflecting off the water in a myriad of colour. Damsel flies, water boatmen and striders; bright blue dragonflies flit and skit around in a delightful dance. Fat tadpoles and baby toads dart in and out of hiding, one even landing on my hand, letting little fingers touch it ever so lightly before the huge leap back to its sanctuary under the stones. An old white horse watched our water escapades, shook its mane with an air of disdain and wandered off to more peaceful pastures.

This morning I read in Colossians 1 about the Supremacy of Christ. Not only am I blown away by the reminder that not only were all things created by him but also for him. From the wonder of pond life to each star scattered across the heavens. He - the source, the inspiration, the sustainer. He is before all things and in him all things hold together (v. 17).

Verse 15 reads: He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Then follows on in verse 16: For 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 created by him and for him. From before the beginning of time all things point to Jesus. That little word says it all. Jesus is all, in all, over all - making us all righteous before God through his death on the cross. 
(2 Cor 5:21- God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.)

That brings me back to one of my favourite scriptures namely John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made, nothing was made that has been made. No room for doubt - crystal clear it shines - even those very words were written through him!

Christ rules supreme. According to, supremacy is the state of having the ultimate authority. A ruling king has supremacy over his kingdom. Supremacy comes from the Latin word supremus, which means highest. You don't get higher than that!

I am all at once blown away, humbled and overawed. If in him all things hold together, my bones are knit and prevented from falling to bits by him. In my weakness is his strength for his glory. In my surrender is his victory. In my becoming his servant, the freedom that will take me soaring through each earthly trial into his loving arms for all eternity.

Am I not therefore called and compelled to love him with my whole being? All of me. And you.

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