Here is a little known fact about me, I love hymns – but they have to be like really old. Like…1900 years and older…
Two of my favourite passages that many scholars think are hymns are the Christ hymn in Philippians 2, and the hymn of the Christ of the Cosmos in Colossians 1. And on Sunday I want to open up the passage in Colossians 1. I want to talk about Jane Fonda, refrigerator hums, and how you are connected to everything that exists.
I know it sounds a little odd, but it’s all in that passage – well maybe not Jane Fonda.
But before we get there this is a passage that many people speed past, or honestly just aren’t familiar with. It has huge major themes of creation, redemption, and how the world exists. It’s mind-blowing in its implications, and all-encompassing in its scope.
So why not take a moment and read it a few times and just let this passage speak to you. Because Christ is part of every thing, and you right now as the passage says. So why not open yourself up to discovering and hearing from him as you listen and read this old hymn.
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rose from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.