Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Holding it together

Chloe and I had really good break this Christmas. I feel thoroughly blessed by family and friends. Meals with old friends was a particular highlight for me.

I think we're equally pleased to be back at home in Exeter. It's always nice to sleep in your own bed when you have been away for a couple of weeks.

At Church on Andy preached 'Jesus My Sustainer'. One illustration struck me particularly...

If I was to make model or a sculpture, I would work on it and then stand back and admire my handiwork. (!) The model would then stand of its own accord. However, when I make sound with my mouth, I begin the sound and I also sustain the sound. At any moment I can stop and the sound would cease to exist.

According to the bible the latter is like the relationship Jesus Christ has with creation. God, through Jesus, not only created the universe and all we know, he also actively sustains it every second. Were he to withdraw his active part, existence of creation would cease. This claim stands among the many monumental claims of biblical Christianity.

Colossians 1v16b-17 "...all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together."

Hebrews 1v3 "He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power."

How this claim possibly be substantiated? What did Jesus do on earth to demonstrate this kind of power?

If this is true, nothing is more important than learning about Him. There is no-one I'm wiser learning from, admiring and indeed worshipping! There is simply nothing of more value than Him. One of my goals this year is to spend more time in prayer and reflection seeking to listen to Him who sustains all things.

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