Scripture: Colossians 1:15-20
Easter Devotion: Eric Turner
The words from Andrew Peterson’s song All Things Together come from Colossians 1:15-20. The point of this incredible passage of Scripture is that there is nothing and no one in all of creation greater than Jesus Christ. There is no one greater or more important than Jesus. He is the exact visible representation of the invisible God. Since all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell in him, Jesus doesn’t merely show us what God is like, Jesus shows us who God is. Jesus is the firstborn of all creation, not in terms of chronology, but in terms of priority. Jesus was not the first person created, ratheras the eternally existing Son of God Jesus is the most important person in creation. He created everything and everything exists for him.
Jesus holds all things together in creation. He sustains it, he keeps it going, he has everything under his control. He keeps the planets in orbit around the sun and your heart beating in your chest. Jesus holds all things together in your physical body and in his spiritual body, the church. He keeps building his church through persecution, through wars, and yes, even through plagues and pandemics. Jesus holds all things together in the family of God because he made peace by the blood of the cross.
At Easter we rejoice in the fact that Jesus reconciled us to God and to one another by making peace through the blood of the cross and rising again from the grave. To reconcile means to bring back together again. Our sin separated us from God and from one another. The price of our reconciliation was not paid in dollars, or gold, but with blood, the blood of the sinless Son of God. Now we have been brought back together. The Jew and the Gentile, the rich and the poor, the black and the white, men and women from all nations, have been reconciled to God and to one another by Jesus Christ. He brings us back together and he keeps us all together in the family of God.
The Good News that we celebrate at Easter is that on the cross Jesus brings back together what was broken and he keeps all things together for eternity. By faith in him, Jesus has reconciled us to God and he will never let us be separated ever again.
Why is nothing and no one in all of creation greater or more important than Jesus?
How would it change your life and the decisions you make if nothing and no one were more important to you than Jesus?
When it feels like your life or the world is falling apart, how will you focus on Jesus and remind yourself that he holds all things together?
How does the reconciliation that Jesus accomplished for you on the cross with God and with others bring you joy in your everyday life?
Who will you tell the Good News that Jesus holds all things together by reconciling us to God through the blood of his cross?