Paul, an apostle, wrote, “Jesus himself is before all things and in him all things hold together.”
Dave Peterson writes concerning this, “All things. Jesus is the electrochemical glue that holds together all the neutrons and protons listed on the periodic table. He is the call that brings the salmon 1,000 miles back home. He is the cycle of the seasons, the draw of the earth on the moon and the sun on the earth. He is the fierce grip of the mother on a child. He is the “hound of heaven,” forever pursuing us. He is the birds of the air and the lilies of the field that speak of our maker. He is the still small voice, the roar of many waters, and the sound of mighty peals of thunder.
But whenever Jesus is removed, life frays, women and children weep, and creation itself groans in labor pain for redemption.
And yet, with just a word of invitation, even the worst among us can hear what we have secretly yearned all our lives to hear, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Apart from Jesus, life comes unraveled. But with Jesus, every frayed piece of life can be restored and made whole.
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Jesus