Sunday, December 17, on Colossians 1:12-18
In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen.
Constant search – that’s what our life is. We are always searching for something, but at times we have no idea for what. Sometimes it might be for the best college either for ourselves or for our children. Sometimes we look for a better job, one that would either pay more or give us less headache. Right now all of us are probably looking for the perfect Christmas gift.
More generally we are constantly looking for the truth, for the fairness in life, for confirmation that everything will be ok in the end, or simply for rest. Sometimes we just need to rest a little bit, but this constant search won’t let us.
This life, without asking us, keeps us captive and dependent on this search. It can sometimes even drive us mad, and result in us being enslaved to our passions, which are usually pride and money.
This search is understandable … if we remember that we are created in the image and likeness of God. Even through our sinfulness, through our passions, we are always homesick. We might not realize it yet, that’s why in vanity we look for the meaning of life, as if it’s hidden from us, as if it’s some big secret for which we need to jump through hoops and go on some great quest to find the answer.
But it is, in fact, laid out in front of us … in Christ Jesus. We would have been enslaved to this insane search, to our passions, and to death were it not for the deliverance that was brought by Christ’s incarnation, Him becoming a little baby, which we will celebrate in just a few weeks, and by His redemptive death and saving resurrection.
St Paul says that God rescued us from the power of darkness. Rescuing here does not mean liberating someone, but more like removing and relocating. Jesus removed us and brought us back home, where we have always desired to go.
This search of ours leads to Christ because in Him we find everything that we so desperately look for in our every-day life. He is the Truth, only in Him can we find fairness, He is the only one who can confirm that in the end everything will be ok, and He gives us rest. In fact, Jesus is the reason behind all creation, He is the origin, its beginning. Everything is directed to Him and is created for Him.
St Paul calls Christ the firstborn of all creation because He is the source of everything, in fact, He is that image and likeness of God in which we were created. But Christ is also called the firstborn from the dead because only after His death and resurrection our death, if we have faith, leads to life.
In short, Christ is first in everything. Let Him become first in our life, let Him become the answer to our search. Amen.
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