Christ, the Key

Today's Bible reading: Colossians 1:15-17

In thinking about creation it can be easy to miss what I referred to last week on my blog - as: the Key to God's plan.  However, St. John"s Gospel says it so beautifully: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.”  And our Epistle reads: “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” – tremendous words!  Also the letter to the Hebrews begins by saying: “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,  but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.”  Each of these examples reminds us that God’s Son was there at the beginning, that He was the Word through which God created all things.  Even the very first chapters of the Bible preach Christ!

God made us for Himself – to live in harmony with Him … and each other … and with the wonderful world in which He has placed us.  That is the Gospel of creation.  But - as we are all very well aware - that is only the opening.  A sad story follows.  Where we should see God - the Creator - instead we see only the creature … the creation. Sinful humanity has even turned the good gifts God has given into gods themselves. Money … sports … work … recreation … possessions … school … you name it … even family - all of which are God’s good gifts for us to enjoy - are quickly and easily turned into idols.  That is the final reason why the story of creation points beyond itself to Christ who again restores all things.

Christ is the Key … and He has come for you – and made you His own through His death and resurrection.  May the Holy Spirit enlighten you to see and rejoice in the Gospel of creation and the Gospel of re-creation that is yours in Christ Jesus our Lord!  Amen.

Prayer: Through Jesus' blood and merit, I am at peace with God.  What, then, can daunt my spirit, However dark my road?  My courage shall not fail me, for God is on my side; though hell itself assail me, Its rage i may deride." (LSB 746:1)