Day 194 – Unvarnished truth

Presented with comment, the beautiful Word of God:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 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. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. -Colossians 1:15-23

I could write out a long commentary on Paul’s words here, digging into the beauty, grace and mighty power of Christ’s place in the universe, world and our lives. I could remind you that it’s ultimately rather trivial which party holds what office in whichever country, because no one is above the King.

I could tell you how amazing it is — how monumental! — that Christ would reconcile himself to all things, through no need of his own, but out of incalculable love for the sheep who have abandoned their shepherd.

I could tell you how my life, while perpetually flawed and tainted by sin that indeed does so easily entangle, has grown and evolved through the power of His Hand. I could dig into the amazing presence of the New Testament, how it shares vividly the most important message in all of time. I could tell you about love, hope, forgiveness, grace, encouragement, discipline and more.

I could tell you so much.

But I pray that you know this already, and so I simply share with you a mere taste of God’s Word. Whet our appetites, my Lord, make us savor only you.

 

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