Read: Colossians 1:15-23

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (v. 17)

In the final, climactic words of Scripture, a resurrected Jesus testified, “I am . . . the beginning and the end” (Rev. 22:13). As old as the story of God, Jesus existed before history, and will be present after the end of all we see. In the middle, like the best rope bridge in the most breathtaking movie ever, he’s holding the beginning and ending together, interweaving everything created by him and through him and for him into strong cords that sustain life here and now.

Over the years, I have marveled at that promise: Jesus holds it all together, and not just barely. He understands the laws of physics because he created them. The earth doesn’t spin into the sun because he perfected mass, momentum, and gravity. Creation obeys his law and order.

When John writes, “The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place” (Rev. 6:14), I have no trouble imagining it. The same one who wove it all together and to whom all power was given (John 13:3), is the one who will someday pull the right strand of rope, and the bridge between life now and life eternal will no longer be open for traffic. We who embrace God’s redemption won’t need a bridge anymore. We will be heaven-bound, reconciled and at peace with God. —Amy Clemens

As you pray, consider the one you have an audience with: the one who holds the beginning and the end, and everything in between.

About the Author

amy clemens

With a bachelors in journalism from Texas Tech University and a masters from Western Theological Seminary, Amy Clemens enjoys all things writing, particularly about the life of faith. She is blessed with a family that includes husband Fred, five children, and five grandchildren.

Amy has just published her first book, "Walking When You'd Rather Fly: Meditations on Faith After the Fall," which weaves her journey from childhood abuse toward healing and spiritual growth with a practical theology for the big story of God. You can find out more about the book and author at walkingwhenyoudratherfly.com.

This entry is part 14 of 16 in the series Promises of God