Do you ever spend time to think about the fact that Christ is first before all things? I know I do not consider, think or even meditate on this fact enough. If I did I would probably be less prone to fear and anxiety about the unknown future knowing that this supreme being is also my Savior and Lord.
Christ is first before all things and He is also the Creator of all that is, seen and unseen.
When we speak about Christ, in general, it is always as our Savior and Redeemer and that is fine. But we need to also speak about and meditate on the fact that Christ is first before all things and creator of all things!
Before anything else existed
John 1:1 – 5: “Before anything else existed, there was Christ, with God. He has always been alive and is himself God. He created everything there is – nothing exists that he didn’t make. Eternal life is in him and this life gives light to all mankind. His life is the light that shines through the darkness – and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
Col 1:15 – 18: “Christ is the exact likeness of the unseen God. He existed before God made anything at all, and, in fact, Christ himself is the Creator who made everything in heaven and earth, the things we can see and the things we can’t; the spirit world with its kings and kingdoms, its rulers and authorities, all were made by Christ for his own use and glory. He was before all else began and it is his power that holds everything together. He is the Head of the body made up of his people – that is, his church – which he began; and he is the Leader of all those who arise from the dead, so that he is first in everything; for God wanted all of himself to be in his Son.”
Wow! That is fantastic! “Before anything else existed, there was Christ, with God.” Read that final sentence again and let it really sink in.
Christ regulates the universe
Heb 1:2 – 3: “But now in these days he has spoken to us through his Son to whom he has given everything and through whom he made the world and everything there is. God’s Son shines out with God’s glory, and all that God’s Son is and does marks him as God. He (Christ) regulates the universe by the mighty power of His command.”
We (and I know I do) tend to ascribe the control of the universe to God the Father. This scripture states Jesus Christ, the one who suffered and died on a man-made cross on planet earth, regulates the universe by the mighty power at His command. That just fills me with awe (wonder, amazement, reverence and worship).
If I had spent more time in the past to consider the quoted Bible verses above I would have been more at peace, trusting that He will work all things out in my life for my good. I would have been more joyful knowing that “His power holds everything together”.
We should be meditating
So we read these verses and skim over them, or perhaps, spend a few minutes to think about them. But we should be meditating on them so our attitude to life can be changed for the better.
Meditating means to think deeply, consider carefully, mull over and over in a period of time, preferably in silence on something. We should take time out for meditation daily (for a few minutes), weekly (for a few hours) and then go somewhere where there is silence and nature and just sit with God’s word and meditate passages like these for a few days. The idea is that it should become part of your “renewed mind” which the Bible says we should have as Christians.
I went Stargazing
I went stargazing a few months ago I made a three day trip to a small town in the Northern Cape Province in South Africa called Sutherland. Sutherland is known as the “gateway to the universe” and has international recognition because the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere is situated near the town.Called SALT (Southern African Large Telescope), the largest single optical telescope in the Southern Hemisphere can be seen in Sutherland. It is also where the South African Astronomy Observatory is situated.
Sutherland and it surrounding open Karoo landscape is ideal for stargazing and planet tracking because the air is so clean and open. It is, therefore, a gateway to observe heavenly bodies.
It is also the perfect place to go for solitude, silence and meditation. You have a terrific sense of the vastness of open space around you – rolling hill after rolling hill – with not another human being or obvious animal in sight. It is perfect to rid your soul from the dust of city traffic, break off the crust of the repetitive 9 to 5, Monday to Friday rat race life we generally lead. You slowly become more aware of your spirit being and that it has been neglected and crying out for the deep things of God.
While there I was struck afresh with amazement at the wonderful universe we are able to see with the telescopes at our disposal. Yet we only see a limited view of the revealed universe, knowing there is more. I watched the night sky and the clarity of the Southern Cross, Orion’s Belt, the morning star and all the other pinpricks of lights in the sky, “the seen”. But there is “the unseen…” of the universe, which our strongest telescopes cannot see. All created by Christ, our Lord and Savior. The seen and the unseen.
Jesus Christ who died for everybody’s sins, is the Creator
Think about that for a minute. Jesus Christ who was humiliated, flogged and hung on a cross to die for my, your and everybody else’s sins, is the creator of all that is seen and unseen. The majesty and glory of all that we are able to see through powerful telescopes as well as that which we still cannot see, was created by Jesus Christ. It makes me silent in wonder.
It also made me realize how really, really small I am in the bigger scheme of the universe. So small and yet, just as he formed and named every heavenly body, he formed me and you in our mothers’ wombs. (Psm 139:13 – 18). Jesus knows us by name, cared enough about me and you to come to earth in the form of a man to take your place and mine, paying the penalty for our sins! The penalty of blood shed as a sacrifice.
Christ is first before all things
That is mind blowing in general but seen in the perspective of “Christ is first before all things” and “He regulates the universe by the power of His command”, really, really is awesome! The only response to such a fresh realization is worship, praise and reverence.
As Christians we need to meditate more on these passages in the New Testament. It will change the way we view the world around us on many levels.
Meditating on the fact that “…He was before all else began and it is his power that holds everything together…”, will definitely change the way we live our lives in this world system; the way we guide and teach our children; the way we handle crises that come our way. It will also motivate us to live holy lives. We will lay down the sins that we allow so easily in our lives. It will humble us and get us down from our own elevated perceptions of ourselves. It will make us realize that God’s grace is not cheap grace but costly grace.
Satan keeps us busy
Satan does not want us to know or accept these statements that Christ is first before all things – this pre-eminence of Christ. Understanding it anew, will make us bold and courageous to stand up against the evil that seems to flourish in the world today. But the sad fact is that Satan keeps us so busy with “the things of this world” that we don’t read and study our Bibles anymore. We allow the dust of everyday living to dim our view of our Lord and Savior who is also the creator of all that is, seen and unseen!
All three the passages at the beginning of this post, are at the beginning of the specific New Testament letters. Once you read it, it takes hold of you and you just have to read more about it. You start cross-referencing with your bible and it is like a bright light becoming brighter as you meditate on the glory of Christ.
We have lost the awe for who Christ is
But it is a sad fact that we seldom hear any preaching or teaching about it from our Church pulpits. We seldom hear or see anything about this on Christian television. Why? I believe it is because Christians have become complacent in many ways. Lulled by our own success in this world, we rely on our own endeavors and we have lost the awe for who Christ is. We want to hear the things preached that soothe our lifestyles and encourage us to strive for prosperity, well-being and health as if that is the goal of Christ’s sacrifice.
Perhaps if we listened to more preaching and teaching on the supremacy of Christ we may live our lives with more care and thought and not sin so easily. It may cause us to strive for holiness and forsaking the things that entice us in the world.
May you, when you consider what He did for you on the cross also consider who He is in all his glory and majesty. Worship is appropriate. After all He did it all for “…his own use and glory…” and not for us to say “I am rich, with everything I want, I don’t need a thing!”
(All emphases are my own to highlight strong statements.)