“Sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Hebrews 1:3).
Some years ago U.S. News and World Report reported that the United States planned to launch a space station into orbit in an attempt to define gravity. That’s an interesting thought. We’ve known what gravity is for hundreds of years, but we don’t know how it works and we really don’t know what it is or where it comes from. There is a vast movement in science today seeking to discover what makes the universe hold together. What is the power behind the power behind the power? What is the Ultimate Force in the universe? Our text makes clear that the answer is not a what but a who. What makes the universe hold together? Jesus Christ is the power behind all power. He holds the universe in place by his powerful word.
Note that this is a present tense. Even now Jesus is “sustaining” the whole universe. All things hold together in him and for him and by him. His power is greater than nuclear power and his force is mightier than the mystical Force of the Star Wars movies. His might is mightier than the might of all the mighty men on earth.
Think of it. Were he to say the word, New York would be no more. London would vanish. And so would Shanghai, Lagos, Seattle and Juneau. Just a word and we would all perish. Do you realize that if Jesus stopped thinking about you, you would cease to exist? You owe your next breath to the fact that Jesus Christ is thinking about you. He sustains you so that you can breathe. Without him, you would not be reading these words.
It is ironic to consider that even atheists must use the power he provides to deny his very existence. They shoot their cannons of unbelief on the ground he has provided. The atheists owe their existence to the One they so vigorously deny.
Jesus is the nucleus of creation and “the glue of the galaxies.” Look around you. Why aren’t you flying off into space? It’s not just gravity. You’re held together by the One whose word sustains the universe. Take a breath and give thanks. Without Jesus you wouldn’t breathe at all.
Gracious Lord, thank you for holding my life together when it seems to be falling apart. Amen.