Land reconciliation: Day 19
by David Brooks
It will be therapeutic for me to go through some Scriptures about creation. All of the following is speaking of Christ.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. -- Colossians 1:15 (CSB)
I’m not a Greek expert but I believe this passage refers to Jesus being the oldest. He was not created, but he was in creation with us. Since God gave him to be the head of the church, in a way he is in creation still because we’re his body. For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through him and for him. -- Colossians 1:16 (CSB)
When I first spotted this years ago I came to the conclusion from my studies that Jesus has a specific plan, how he intends to fulfil the will of the Father, and he made the creation to fulfill that. Also, he has specific plans for each part of creation. That includes land and us. He is before all things, and by him all things hold together. -- Colossians 1:17 (CSB)
You can look at this in terms of quantum science, or you can say that everything finds its right purpose in the Lord Jesus Christ. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile everything to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. -- Colossians 1:19-20 (CSB)
Everything, literally, is reconciled to God by the actions of the Lord Jesus Christ. If I were to have a child who had all of me in him or her, I’d think they were capable of my logic, willingness to asses risk, love of travel--basically all my strengths and weaknesses. God has no weaknesses so we can imagine God’s strengths in the Lord Jesus Christ, including His willingness to take the long view working with humanity, and willingness to bring us to reconcile with him.
And in fact, that’s what Father did, reconcile land and people and groups of stars and seasons, reconciled to God. Peace with God means we agree with Him, not pushing Him to agree with us. Through Christ’s blood, shed on the cross.
Thanks for walking through this review with me.