Yr C ~ Reign of Christ Sunday ~ Colossians 1:11-20
Let me start by saying something that may be very controversial for you but I think it will really help. It’s about how we view and read the bible. I’d like you to try to hold this paradox as you contemplate passages of scripture like today’s. Everything in the bible is important and absolutely true for the writer, but it may not be true to your experience, and therefore not very helpful, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still true.
Here’s an example. Some might say that the world is a very dangerous place. I might answer, no it isn’t. I’ve never really felt in danger nor has my life or safety ever really been threatened. Therefore, it is false to say the world is a very dangerous place. Meanwhile, someone who lives in Syria, or in certain parts of Africa, or in any number of other very dangerous places in the world would rightly say I was crazy and every day is life-threatening. Both views are absolutely true, even while they speak to totally different perceptions of the world.
If you can hold that paradox of two opposite things being true at the same time, if you can get beyond the idea that it’s black or white, that if you think this way then that other way can’t be true, if you can transcend that dualistic, either/or lens, then you will have a much better chance of understanding the bible in really helpful and meaningful ways.
For some of you, today’s reading was like hearing angels whisper into your ear as glorious music was playing and your heart was bursting with joy as the words resonated to the very depth of your being.
For others of you, today’s reading may have been like hearing fingernails on a chalkboard and made you scrunch up your face and squirm uncomfortably in your chair.
1:11 May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully
1:12 giving thanks to [God], who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.
1:13 He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son,
1:14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;
1:16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers–all things have been created through him and for him.
1:17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
1:18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.
1:19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
1:20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
So, are you revelling, or squirming?
How you answer that question may help you to understand if you are a person with a high Christology or a low Christology.
Let me explain.
Christology is theological interpretation of the nature, person, and deeds of Christ. It’s about how you look at Jesus.
What does it mean to say he’s fully human and fully divine?
What does it mean to say that he embodies the fullness of God?
What does it mean when he is described as performing miracles or healings? read on