"Where's Harry?" he was asked.
"Harry had a stroke of some kind. He's a couple of miles back up the trail."
"You left Harry laying there, and carried the deer back?"
"Well," said the hunter, "I figured no one was going to steal Harry."
Sometimes our priorities can get messed up. In Colossians 1:16-17 Paul is going to explain to us four ways Christ is tied to creation. After examining these ways it should become clear that we need to give Christ the glory for what He has already done in creation.
First we see that Christ is the agent of creation, by him all things were created.
There are over 100 billion stars in our galaxy. The average distance between stars is 30 trillion miles. The space shuttles orbits earth at 17,000 mph. That's 5 miles per second. That means it would take 201,450 years to travel from one star to the other. So if you started at the Sun at the time of Christ, you would be only 100th of the way to the next star. And this is only the stars in our galaxy. Imagine visiting stars in other galaxies of the universe.
Second, he is the means of creation, all things have been created through Him.
In ancient Egypt they said, "in the beginning there was only Chaos". Out of this chaos arose the primordial hill (Ben-Ben) upon which stood the great god Atum. Atum mated with his own shadow to give birth to the god of air and the goddess of moisture. The god of air gave life and the goddess of moisture gave order. This god of air and goddess of moisture left to go exploring and Atum became worried. So he plucked out his eye to send it out in search of them. When they returned with his eye Atum shed tears of joy that produced mankind. The god of air & goddess of moisture gave birth to the sky and earth to give mankind a place to live. Things really haven't changed. In modern accounts we have our own mythology. Evolutionists would say in the beginning was chaos. Then out of this chaos arose the primordial hill...wait no...arose our universe. This universe's dust mated with their own shadow....wait no....mated with other chemicals and produced life. But the Bible exalts Christ who created all things.
Third, he is the sustainer of all things, In Him all things hold together.
It was April 13, 1970 and Apollo 13 is flying through space at more than 2,000 mph eagerly anticipating being able to walk on the moon. At 55 hours & 54 minutes the astronauts hear a loud BANG and this begins the famous “Houston we have a problem”. At first they thought it was just an oxygen sensor going bad. They finally realize that now, nearly 200,000 miles from earth and heading away from home, they are losing oxygen and power. Two of the three fuel cells are dead and the third one is depleting rapidly. Oxygen on earth is at 21% of our atmosphere. If it were at 25% fires would erupt spontaneously. If it were 15% we would suffocate. The Apollo 13 crew had to figure out how to maintain oxygen levels. But what they know is if they change one constant it throws off the whole system. Because one variable affects other variables. If you change one dial it automatically changes the other dials. Our universe is balanced on a razor's edge. It is so finely tuned that if one variable changed in the slightest degree then we would not be alive anymore. There are over 100 of these variables in our universe. For example:
- If the centrifugal force of planetary movements did not precisely balance the gravitational forces, nothing could be held in orbit around the sun
- If the speed of light (299,792,458 meters per second) varied slightly it would alter the other constants and preclude the possibility of life on earth
- Water vapor levers
(1) If greater we would have a greenhouse effect & temperatures would be too high for human life
(2) If less the earth would be too cold for life
- If Jupiter were not in its current orbit, the earth would be bombarded with space debris and destroyed.
- Earth’s velocity
(1) If longer than 24 hours, temperature differences would be too great between night & day
(2) If shorter, atmospheric wind velocities would be too great
Fourth, it is all for His advantage, All things were created for Him.
In Greek mythology the gods were fighting for power. Zeus, and others, defeated the Titans and took over. Modern man says there is no purpose to creation. Richard Dawkins said, "The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.” All of creation is wasting away. We are losing our energy everyday and heading straight for a heat death. BUT BUT BUT the Bible reminds us that all of creation will be released from her suffering (Rom 8:20-21) and be given to Christ for His glory.
Are there ways that you think Christ should be glorified for creation?