Jesus Christ, and...Everything

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, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Ever since I had the privilege of guest lecturing at St. John's University last week, and opening there with Colossians 1:15-20, I haven't been able to stop contemplating the reality that there is nothing apart from Jesus. There is no reality apart from his reality. It both hurts and brings great pleasure to the mind!

Mark Noll has been helpful in my efforts to pursue all things by pursuing Christ. He writes,

Since the reality of Jesus Christ sustains the world and all that is in it, so too should the reality of Jesus Christ sustain the most whole-hearted, unabashed, and unembarrassed efforts to understand the world and all that is in it.
The Light of the World, the Word of God, the Son of Man, the True Vine, the Bread of Life, the Bright and Morning Star -- for believers, this One is the Savior, but also the Paradigm. Whatever is true of the world in general must also be true for those parts of the world that emphasize intellectual life.
The light of Christ illuminates the laboratory, his speech is the fount of communication, he makes possible the study of humans in all their interactions, he is the source of all life, he provides wherewithal for every achievement of human civilization, he is the telos of all that is beautiful. He is, among his many other titles, the Christ of the Academic Road.
(Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind, p. 22, paragraphing mine)

I believe in Jesus Christ.

At Minimum, Be a Speedbump on the Road to Damnation

If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Lake of Fire, David Howard Hitchcock, 1888

Lake of Fire, David Howard Hitchcock, 1888

For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead,
“Come back to God!”

The Apostle Paul