“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.”—Colossians 1:15 (ESV)
The satirical website, The Onion, published an article a while back titled “Newborn Loses Faith In Humanity After Record 6 Days” which talked about six-day-old little Nathan Jameson’s record breaking and picture-perfect diagnosis of this broken world:
“Though he has not yet developed the capacity for speech, extensive cognitive testing has definitively shown that the shockingly perceptive 6-day-old fully understands and accepts that human beings cannot be trusted, that they remain far too ignorant for their opinions to be reliable, that a lack of self-awareness about their own destructive tendencies pervades the species as a whole, and that most are too ineffectual to successfully pursue even the shallow self-interested agendas that rule their lives.”
We may go about denying it but all of us, in our heart of hearts, know that this world is a humanity walking on broken clutches: the wars that never end, propaganda, deceit, sickness, enmity, and a whole lot of destructive behaviours that we engage in in a quest to find life, meaning and purpose.
Everything we do under the sun is a way of finding a solution to this fallen humanity. But since the fall, nothing under the sun has proved to be a lasting solution to the ills of this world. Everything we have tried has not worked. Creatures continue to mess up creation in a bid to redeem it.
Paul, in Colossians 1:15-17, makes it aware to the little churchgoers of Colossae that Christ is indeed the one Lord of creation in this world and beyond it—through Him and for Him all things were created. That everything whether visible or invisible, above or under submits to Him because he is Lord of them all.
Here is how liberating this truth is: God the Son—Jesus Christ—has to be the above and Lord of all creation in order to redeem all creation. Only the One above creation is able to renew it. Creatures cannot redeem themselves, only God can and by grace He has redeemed creation and one day, everything will be new.