We have have recently returned from a short holiday in the Yorkshire Dales and a brief visit on the way home to the Peak District. I don't think I have ever seen such stunning Autumn colours as we saw there this year. Apparently the trees are particularly sensational this year because the UK had a long drought last spring and then a wet, cool late summer. I just know that
it is brilliant. By the way the photo is from the internet but what we saw was equally spectacular.
Before we went away it was my turn to preach on Colossians 1:15- 20 which is all about the supremacy of Christ. V16 says of him, “For by him all things were created; all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers of rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him."
Now of course creation involves the work of the whole Trinity. Pastor Ray Stedman, says that “It is proper to say that the Father willed there should be a creation. All the initiatory movements of history begin with the Father. He willed it. The Son, then, planned it. He programmed it and designed it, even to its slightest detail as its Architect and Designer and the Holy Spirit is the executor: He carried it out. He made it actually appear, according to the plan and program of the Son.”
What he is saying here is that when we see the beauty, the order and the wonder of the world we have Jesus to thank. The world is powerful and beautiful and wonderful because he made it that way. Bishop Tom Wright writes, “When the lavish and generous beauty of the world makes you catch your breathe, remember it is like that because of Jesus.”