The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him…Colossians 1:15-16
Last Sunday, we spoke about what it means to live in this world. You don’t have to look much further than your local news to see the turmoil around us. Here in the Franklin area, we had one of our dear friends’ dad hit by a car while he was riding his bike. He passed away immediately. A couple days later, we woke up in the night to the sounds of ambulances and firetrucks in our neighborhood. We didn’t know what it was until we were walking our dog the next day: our neighbor had taken his life.
We are surrounded by hurt. We are surrounded by pains. What are we to do?
We put our trust in Jesus.
This isn’t an easy task, as any Christ follower will tell you. We are too easily taken off the path that is called the Christian walk. We get knocked down by the world, but we know that Christ’s hand is there to lift us up just as he lifted Peter out of the water.
Jesus comes into our chaos, and he reminds us of our identities: we are God’s children. We are beloved. We are cared for by our Heavenly Father.
Like it says in Colossians, Paul reminds us of Jesus who is the image of the invisible God. When we are faced with troubles and pains, we look to Jesus’ face. He calms our lives. He calms our storms.
We invite you this week to continue on the Seven-Day Challenge that I passed out earlier at church. There are all these verses that you can read and digest and pray through. These will keep you centered. We pray that this week, you will be reminded of the goodness of God, and we are reminded of the goodness of God in the person of Jesus who invites us to his table.