Colossians 1:17 again reaffirms the eternal deity of Jesus which was stated in different ways in verses 15 and 16. Making sure Christians believe and stand on this truth is essential to their maintaining unity in the Gospel. If this timeless truth is not at the core of our faith in God and our salvation, we will become seduced by false doctrines that weaken the person of Christ in our souls and detracts from our understanding of His glory.
Not only is Jesus “before all things…in Him all things hold together.” What does “hold together” mean in this context. We have already established from verse 16 that Jesus created ALL things which places His authority above/over everything created. In addition to Jesus’ authority as Creator, He “brings together or holds together everything in its proper or appropriate place or relationship” with everything else.
We may look at the precision of the universe and accept this truth, but what about the details of our lives and those around us. When disaster strikes or tragedy interrupts our plans and agendas, do we still believe that Jesus is holding “everything together”? The unseen hand that put the planets into orbit with perfection is the same hand that allows suffering and pain to drive us into a closer walk with Him. In accepting His power in this vast spectrum, we will find greater joy in watching Him work in the small details as well as the macro systems of the universe.
Are you letting Him hold your life together with Him as the center? When you accept this truth, you will find His glory revealed in ways that you cannot imagine. HE IS GLORIOUS AND BEAUTIFULL!