"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions 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." - Colossians 1:15-17 NASB "My word is my bond." No doubt you've heard or even uttered this statement in life. However, in our litigious society it's not as trusted as it once was. Like a handshake deal, its fallen by the way side and all in favor of the far more sterile written legal contract. But if you think about it, no matter what deal you enter into or contract you pen it's all rooted in the same sentiment. It all begins with a "word" that serves as a basis upon which everything thereafter "holds together." This is the exact idea Paul is declaring to the church at Colosae concerning Jesus. In chapter 1 verses 15-17 Paul tells us that Jesus is God's Word. That this Messiah is the Word within which "all things hold together." Now the scope of Paul's "all things" far exceeds what is actually written. But the point should be clear; all things, means all things. This idea to any first century Jewish reader, would've captured their attention. But Paul wasn't the first to declare it. Whether it's John's epic intro when he says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." or in a later Epistle in which John (again) refers to Jesus as "the Word of Life." Both have their roots in the creation account where God speaks (His Word) and "all things in heaven and on Earth" are created and therefore "held together." You see, Jesus is the "Word" of God's contract and in Him alone everything in heaven and on earth is "held together!" Questions to consider: What would your life look like if you truly believed that Jesus "holds all things together"? Name an area in your life that you readily trust Jesus to be holding together?