You just don’t put big, big things in small, small packages. Big things kind of demand big packaging . . . or so you’d think. But this morning, I’m noodling over a mystery . . . a mystery once concealed but now revealed . . . a mystery, which at its essence, is about something really, really big . . . and awesome . . . and magnificent . . . residing in something that’s really, really small . . . and pretty ordinary . . . and ain’t much to look at. I’m trying to get my head around “Christ in you.”
The latter half of the first chapter of Colossians has got to be one of the preeminent passages concerning the Preeminent One. Preeminent . . . love that word . . . to be first . . . to hold first place . . . to be at the top of the list . . . to be above everything else . . . such is the beloved Son of God . . .
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 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. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 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. For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell . . . (Colossians 1:15-19 ESV)
Is that big, or what? Check out the term “all things” . . . by Him all things were created . . . He is before all things . . . in Him all things hold together. Every time you look at new pictures of deep space . . . every time you are reminded of the marvels of the workings of an atom . . . every time you are captured with the beauty of the creation about us . . . every time you pause to think of how all things work together . . . it’s reminder of Him who created all things . . . of Him who holds together all things . . . of Him who is above all things. How big is that? Pretty!
And, beyond His relationship to all things created . . . in Him all the fullness of God is pleased to dwell. Really? Yup! Think the grandest thoughts concerning God your puny mind and drum up . . . and that’s Christ. Let go and imagine the most majestic images of His glory you can . . . and that’s the Son. Go as lofty and as high as you’re able to you . . . and that’s Jesus. . . . and so much more! Big? I’m thinkin’ . . .
And then, consider the mystery now revealed through the gospel . . .
. . . the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to His saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
(Colossians 1:26-27 ESV)
I don’t know about you . . . but if I consider the “you” that is me . . . then the reaction to the reality of “Christ in you” is almost inexpressible. Big, big magnificent being . . . in a small, small, way less than magnificent package.
But that is the reality that is ours. For those who have been brought to recognize their need as a result of sin . . . for those who have believed that, through Christ, God has been pleased “to reconcile to Himself all things” and make “peace by the blood of His cross” (Col. 1:20) . . . for those who have confessed their need and received the gift of salvation . . . the wonder of the mystery is “Christ in you.”
Fully understand it? No. Fully believe it? Absolutely. Fully aware of it? More and more so . . . by His grace.
So maybe you do put big, big things in small, small packages. To Him be all glory in all things! Amen?