The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 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 and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
These verses detail the majesty of Jesus. Central to our faith is the confession that Jesus is God. Not just a great man or even a god-like figure, but fully God as an equal part of the Trinity: God the Son along with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Of all the wonderful truths expressed here about Jesus, one that should speak deeply into our hearts is this: “in him all things hold together.” In one sense, this statement builds on the declaration that this world was created through Jesus. He created it and now sustains it. But I think there are also more personal implications to the idea of Jesus holding it all together.
We often feel like our lives are being torn apart or that we are just hanging on by a thread. Trials and burdens cut through our neatly arranged plans. Illness may sideline us. Financial worries may derail us. Relationships may fall apart. Dreams may crash and burn. As the frayed fabric of our lives begins to tear, we cry out for Jesus, in whose mighty power and surprising grace “all things hold together.” Jesus can heal and restore. He can provide and protect. He walks with us through the storm, perhaps calming it at just the right moment or maybe giving us strength to endure the wind and waves. When we feel like it’s all falling apart, Jesus can hold it together.
Faith means trusting Jesus with our greatest needs. If we believe He can hold our lives together, then we need to let him do it. Too often, we try to patch up the brokenness we experience with the duct tape of our own little ideas and feeble strength, instead of turning to the One through whom this world was created and the One who died to bring us peace. Jesus wants to hold it all together for you. So, turn to him in faith and trust him with your brokenness. He loves you, and He is able.
Jesus, I believe You keep me safe in Your strong arms. I trust that You hold my life and this whole world together by Your love and in Your mighty power. Teach me to turn to You with my needs and to wait on Your hand to provide. I pray in Your glorious name. Amen.
Pastor Mike Mirakian