Colossians 1:15-17 – The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 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. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (NIV)
Living in this period of history, we have the advantage of having a broad perspective regarding the life of Jesus. From our vantage point we know the beginning, middle, and ending to the story of Salvation. We can learn about Jesus life and message through historical documentation and through the written Word of God recorded in the Bible. We know that God sent a part of himself to earth in the form of a human baby. This divine child grew-up and experienced every earthly temptation and trial, yet never sinned. Finally, in order to save mankind from the wrath of God, He was nailed to the cross as a sacrifice to cover every sin, for all of humanity, for ever. Because of His incredible act of love on the cross, Jesus united us with God. The blood of Jesus has covered our sins making it possible for us to come into the presence of our loving Heavenly Father. Therefore, we might think of Jesus on the cross as the heavenly glue that bonds us spiritually with God.
We might think that Jesus victory on the cross was the greatest gift ever, and it is; but God continually surprises us. Our loving God created us in His image and He delights in us. He has hidden treasures in all of creation for us to discover and enjoy. Scientists have identified a protein molecule called Laminin. These are the sheets of protein that form the substrate of all internal organs. Here is how Wikipedia describes them: “Laminins are a family of proteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding of basement membranes in almost every animal tissue”. Laminin assists in cell adhesion. In other words, it is the glue that holds us together. Interesting, but how do these two glue illustrations connect? I’m glad you asked because this answer will amaze you. When viewed under the microscope, the glue that holds our physical bodies together is shaped like the cross! God marked the glue in our bodies with the sign of a cross. We are glued both spiritually and physically to God by a cross. Glory to God.
Prayer: Gracious God, You are the Creator of all things. Your fingerprints are on all of creation. We thank You for all of Your hidden treasures yet to be discovered. We thank you for Jesus, our heavenly glue. As we reflect on Christ’s birth and journey to the cross, may we be humbled and awed by Your incredible love for us. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
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