Fullness

Read: Colossians 1:19-20

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. (v. 19)

As you read this in August, you likely are not thinking about Christmas. It*s a long way off in the year! Yet there is one Advent reality that we ought to savor all year long: the idea that somehow within the tiny confines of that feed bunk where Mary laid her infant child, the expanse of all the galaxies was present. Infinity fit inside that little trough. The one who created the cosmos—as Paul had been reflecting on in this part of Colossians 1—managed to become first a microscopic zygote in Mary’s womb and then a little baby boy.

All of the fullness of God was inside Jesus. Amazing! Stunning! A proper source of eternal wonder! But it’s more than that. Precisely because this cosmic Son of God created all things—and precisely because all the fullness of God was tamped down into him—he was in a position to do something at least as marvelous as the original creation: he was able to redeem it all!

Throughout these verses in the original Greek, Paul repeated over and over the little phrase ta panta. It means “all things.” Everything. Every thing. Every last thing. Every jot and tittle. Jesus made it. Jesus saved it. None of creation will be lost. That’s why we call this message the gospel: because it really is Good News! —Scott Hoezee

As you pray, thank God for his love of all that was made and that has now been redeemed.

About the Author

Scott Hoezee is an ordained pastor in the Christian Reformed Church of North America. He served two Michigan congregations from 1990-2005 and since 2005 has been a faculty member at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he serves chiefly as the Director of The Center for Excellence in Preaching. He is the author of several books, including most recently Why We Listen to Sermons (Calvin Press 2019) and is the co-host of the “Groundwork” radio program.

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