In this series of blogs I’m calling The Alphabet of Faith we come to the letter “C.” Any ideas for “D” for next week? Let me know. For “C” a couple of you suggested “Christ” for this third position in the alphabet of faith.
“C” is for Christ!
I’ll admit I was tempted to go for what I originally thought may be a more user-friendly letter “C” such as “calm” or “confidence” that seemed more practical. On second thought, and the following thoughts thereafter, I realized there’s no more practical a word than “Christ” upon which to focus.
“Christ” is from the Greek “christos” and means “anointed” and “Messiah” in the Hebrew. People sometimes think “Christ” is Jesus’ last name as in “Jesus Christ” but it’s a title. To say “Jesus the Anointed” or “Jesus the Christ” would be more accurate.
Scientists talk of a God particle and a Unified Field Theory and other such deep cosmological concepts that put my brain into a quantum sleep. Interestingly, the Bible says of Christ that “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17) Jesus Himself stated that “All things have been committed to me by my Father.” (Matthew 11:27) Cosmology is really Christology!
“Christ” is, indeed, the key “C” word! He is beyond everything, made everything, holds everything together, and gives purpose to everything. (Of course, He does this with the cooperation of Father and the Holy Spirit too.) He is the warp and woof of the world including everything smaller and bigger from subatomic particles to galaxies! He holds together iron particles, even the iron particles that made up the nails put through His hands into the cross. He holds together wood fibers, even the cellulose of the cross upon which He hung. He is the ultimate singular force, the ultimate unifying force!
What does this mean for me, sitting here at Starbucks writing this? What does this mean for you sitting, wherever you are, reading this? Let’s aim at the practical application.
We have nothing to say about Christ’s involvement with all of existence, it’s just the way it is, but we do have something to say about His involvement in one significant realm of existence, the realm of self! We can live each day pretending He doesn’t exist. We can live each day believing He exists but is largely irrelevant. We can live each day counting on Him for emergency help when we’re desperate. There’s one more option, the option to let Him be the center of our own personal universe. But amazingly, as incomprehensibly great as He is, His active presence in our daily lives is up to us!
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Christ in Revelation 3:20)
To know He holds the atom and the galaxy is amazing,
to know He holds my heart and soul is life-changing!