From Pastor Brady
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:15-20
You and I are not the center of the universe.
The world created by Jesus is outside of you and you are part of it. You are not the world. All things do not revolve around you. Self-expression is not your highest goal. Our greatest sin (yours and mine) is not so much materialism (the consumption of things), but rather self worship. We consume things for our own glory. We sacrifice all of our things on an altar that we built to ourselves. Everything exists for me and for my pleasure.
Jesus is the center of the universe. That is what the Christ Hymn of Colossians 1:15-20 tells us. He is the head of the universe and the church. He is preeminent. He is the fullness of God. He is Creator and Sustainer of the universe.
What this means for us is found in verses 19-20 (our Fighter Verses). If Jesus is the center of the universe rather than us, then the result is the reconciliation of all things.
Let “all things” sink in for a minute.
Everything will be returned to its original glory. Everything in the heavens and on the earth. Jesus will create a new heavens and a new earth.
Christ can do this because He alone offers fullness. We seek fullness through every other thing (money, sex, power, people, etc.). But every other thing is a created thing, and so it lacks complete fullness. Jesus is the uncreated creator and He is God. He is full. He therefore, alone, can offer fullness to our empty hearts: the “God shaped hole” that we all seek to fill each and every day with our performance, perfectionism, and stuff.
The universe does not revolve around you or me (thank God). If it did we would be left empty. But if it revolves around Jesus there is hope for fullness. Reconciliation with God that brings meaning and purpose to all of life and death.