“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 1:16
“In accordance with the lavish riches of God’s grace, and with all wisdom and understanding, God has made known to us the mystery of his will, which he purposed in Christ – to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.” Ephesians 1:8-9
Christ is not Jesus’ surname. As these magnificent verses from St. Paul reveal, the risen Christ is alive and active in all things in heaven and earth. Christ is all, in all, which evokes the question: How big is our Jesus Christ?
Do we put limits on the power, presence and purpose of the risen Christ living and dynamic in the world today?
The bigger our understanding of Christ, the more fully integrated our faith can be to our lives. In this series through scripture and the first appearances of the risen Christ, we will explore what these encounters tell us about the expansiveness of Christ’s redeeming, restoring presence and how this can speak hope and purpose into every facet of our lives. In the season of Lent, we focused on our interior journey and a time of self-examination, now we focus on what scripture reveals to us about the expansive work of Christ in all things, and how we can participate more fully ‘in Christ’ in the world today.