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January 9, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”—Colossians 1:17 (NASB)
As a kid, I remember singing, “He’s got the whole world in His hands . . . He’s got you and me brother in His hands . . . He’s got the whole world in His hands.” At the time, it was a funny image in my head: God’s celestially enormous hands cradling the world. But now, when I think about it, my mind is blown by the scope of what it means and just how true I know it to be!
Today’s verse covers two very powerful ideas. First, it tells us that Christ is the preexistent Creator (John 1:2) who “is before all things.” A more literal translation here would be He, and He only, is . . . all else is created. It reminds me of what the Lord said about Himself in John 8:58 (ESV): “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” The Great I AM, the name told to Moses by the Lord in Exodus 3:14. According to Matthew Henry, this name signifies, “1. That He is self-existent: He has His being of Himself. 2. That He is eternal and unchangeable, and always the same, yesterday, today, and forever. 3. That He is incomprehensible; we cannot by searching find Him out: this name checks all bold and curious inquiries concerning God.”
In addition to that, and even more profoundly powerful for us today, He is also the ever-present Sustainer of His creation . . . “in Him all things hold together.” Hebrews 1:3 (ESV) similarly tells us, “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power . . .” This tells us that everything in existence is kept in its present state of existence, order, and arrangement at all times by His power. Apart from Him, everything would sink back to nothing. And none could do this but Almighty God, who is divine.
In Colossians 1:15 (ESV), we’re told that Jesus is the image of the invisible God—He’s God in the flesh. He is the great, glorious, ever-active, and ever-present Sustainer by whom the power, grace, and wisdom of God are made known.
He’s got the whole world in His hands, folks. So, when you place yourself, your life, your faith, and your eternal security and destiny in the hands of Christ, you can be confident that you’re “in good hands.”
DIG: What does Colossians 1:17 tell us about who Jesus is?
DISCOVER: What does Christ’s role as Sustainer mean for us today?
DISPLAY: Today, spend a little time thanking the Lord for His hands. Not only for sustaining the entire universe and holding all things together with them, but also for extending His hands to us to bring us into His arms as His children.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.