I have been looking at Paul’s letter to the Colossians over the past few weeks and one thing I like about this letter is that it is full of little phrases that in themselves are so full of meaning. I want to look at one of them: chapter 1: 17, ‘in him all things hold together’. It is a phrase that has so many meanings:
The ‘him’ in question is Jesus and in Jesus all creation holds together. There are those who would credit gravity with holding all things together, but gravity doesn’t work as an ultimate explanation for everything. We believe that all things were created by Jesus and in him they all hold together – because that is how He made them.
He also holds the Church together. There is always a distracting attempt to unite churches of different denominations and streams, but in reality true biblical churches, which make up the true church of Jesus Christ, are held together in him. As long as Jesus is at the centre the Church is held together. When we decide that we don’t like some of the things Jesus said, because they challenge our lifestyles, then we put ourselves outside his Church. As long as the Jesus of the Bible is at the centre, then we are held together.
And He holds us together. We live at a time when many people are falling apart because they have no centre. When we tell people that they are here because for billions of years life has been evolving and they are just the latest development in an uncontrolled development that is heading somewhere that we don’t know, then they will fall apart. If we tell them that God created us in his image and in Jesus that image is being restored, then we have a solution to offer people to the troubles of today.
‘In him all things hold together’, outside of him all things fall apart. Put Jesus at the centre of your life and you won’t fall apart.