Jesus Is...Redemptive

OK, so we have read this week that all things were made in Christ, all things were made for Him, and all things hold together in Him. Now, we see what Paul says about all things being reconciled to Him. No language can be plainer: all means all. For Paul, Jesus is not only about getting human souls right with God but getting every single part of His very good creation right with Him. 

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. (Colossians 1:19-20)

When we think about it, doesn’t it make such wonderful sense that the redemptive story of the Bible is not only for everyone but for everything? How great that God does not give up on the very good creation He set in motion at the beginning! God’s plan wasn’t an emergency hatch; He set out to make things right and good and as they should be. So, while we readily acknowledge the saving of souls (and bodies too!), what does it mean for us to recognize the saving work God is doing in all things all around us? Every big and little ordinary thing? 

Friends, God’s plan was perfect in the beginning and is still perfect. This I know is true. But I’d be misleading you to say I fully understand the how’s or why’s of Christ reconciling all of creation. But I know in some way the perfect creation that fell, will be brought back into what it was meant to be – and land sakes, I am thankful!

So, take some time today to consider: What does redemption look like in your home, your work, and your community today? What would change? Then pray over each part of your life and acknowledge how God is already at work to make every part of it His own.

By Carrie Peterson

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