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Midweek Devotionals

Published weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Midweek Devotional 4/28/2015

Robert Chen

Dear Church:

 

http://www.presbyterianmission.org/devotion/daily/2015/4/28/

COLOSSIANS 1:15-23

15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers — all things have been created through him and for him. 17He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.18He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

21And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him — 23provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.

French philosopher and Jesuit priest, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, coined the term "Cosmic Christ" to capture the theological truth that Christ is more than the Redemptive Christ of salvation. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is both Redeemer and Creator.
 

The English terms "in him, through him, for him" are direct and accurate translation of the Greek "en autos, dia autos, eis autos" with respect to creation. Teilhard de Chardin believed, that because of this aspect of Christ, that the Son of God would have become incarnate even if humanity did not sin. In other words, the Son of God would have come in the flesh in the person of Jesus even if the cross was not necessary. Whether this speculation is true or not is less important than the Scriptural affirmation that creation itself is completely dependent upon the Son of God. All things are created in him; all things are created through him; all things are created for him. The Son of God, Christ Jesus, is the Logos, the "reason," the "pattern," of creation itself. Just as significant, creation itself is "for" him, that is, creation is created for the sake of Christ's glory.
 

The significance of this truth about Christ and creation is that Jesus Christ is not just found in the church. Jesus is not just a "religious" figure. Christ Jesus explodes the boundaries of religion and actually defines Reality itself. We cannot truly understand Reality without Jesus, in other words. Creation itself is Christological; creation itself is Christ-dependent.
 

Jesus is "Lord of All of Life" is perhaps a more accessible way of affirming the "Cosmic Christ." When we understand this Truth, our worship of Jesus, the Son of God, the Creator, Savior, Lord, and Redeemer gets deepened. 

To see Jesus truly is our life's great objective. To worship Christ Jesus in truth (and in spirit) is our life's great joy.
 

May our eyes be opened to Jesus the Messiah, the Redeemer, Creator and Lord as we behold Him in greater truth and beauty today.
 

Let's pray: Lord Jesus, just when we think we got you "figured out," you boggle our minds with a newly revealed aspect of Who You Are. We are humbled and awed by Who You Are. We thank you for being our Savior and Lord, our Redeemer and Friend, our Hope and our Salvation. The Head of the Church, the Bridegroom and King. We marvel at you for being the Logos of Creation and the End of Creation. We cannot fully comprehend the magnitude of the truth that Creation Itself is made in You, through You, and for You. The very cosmos manifests your Glory. You reign over all, over all Reality. That you would want to share your authority and glory with us -- even in the slightest degree -- is beyond our comprehensionThat you would want to share your Life with us in deep friendship is beyond what we can imagine. But all this is true. So we humbly and gladly accept these truths as your servants, even more so, as your friends. In Your Amazing Name, Amen.
 

Blessings,

pjohn