In 1992, a new large mammal was identified for the first time in 50 years—the saola, a longhorned species of wild ox that resembles a deer or antelope. The saola, however, is both rare and shy. So when one was sighted in 2013 in central Vietnam for the first time in fourteen years, conservationists rejoiced. Said one leader: “This is a breathtaking discovery and renews hope for the recovery of the species.”
The beauty and variety found in nature remind us of Christ’s role in creation: “In him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities” (v. 16). As God, the Son created all else that exists, including the material world (the universe) and the spiritual world (angelic beings). How could both the Father and the Son be Creator? As persons of the Trinity, each is equally God. Since Christ is “the image of the invisible God” (v. 15) and God’s “fullness” dwells in Him (v. 19), then He must be God Himself.
In addition, creation’s continued existence depends on Christ. The Bible teaches that “in him all things hold together” (v. 17). We saw this yesterday as well. The Father created everything through the Son, whose “powerful word” sustains everything (Heb. 1:2–3).
In this biblical worldview, creation implies rulership. The phrase “firstborn over all creation” (v. 15) doesn’t indicate Christ is a created being but rather means He holds the first position and is the King over all creation, as when the writer of Hebrews called Him the “heir of all things” (1:2). To the created world, Christ is the reconciler or redeemer of all who respond in faith (v. 20). He accomplished this through His sacrificial atonement on the cross—the hope of the gospel (vv. 21–23)!
Why not take a walk and rejoice in the beauty of God’s creation? For some readers, the weather is probably cold or snowy. But winter, like the other seasons, has its own beauty and can cause us to worship the Creator. So, if necessary, put on your coat, hat, boots, and gloves and venture out into the landscape God has given you!
Having read today’s Scripture passage from Colossians 1, praise the Lord for His beautiful creation, sustained by His eternal, powerful word. Praise God that in Him “all things hold together” (Col. 1:17).