“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fulness in Christ..” Colossians 2:8-10
All the fulness of God is in Christ. That means that everything, the world, the cosmos, angels, heaven, and you and me are in Christ.
During the hard times in our walk with God — when we are facing things that we can barely stand, things that seem to test our very belief in the Divine — it is so easy to get caught up in, and put our trust in, human philosophy and tradition. Human philosophy would say that we are supposed to be happy, no matter what the cost. That we have a right to do and say certain things as long as it will make us feel better.
But we have been given fulness in Christ. That means, because all the fulness of God lives in Jesus, and Jesus lives in us, that we too have been given fulness in Christ –even when we can’t see it.
There are unlimited aspects and characteristics of Christ. He is peace, He is justice, He is joy, He is life, He is comfort. But the one aspect that we tend to miss, or forget, is that He is also suffering. That’s right, Jesus Christ is suffering. He suffered on the cross, He suffers for us still today. Another facet of Jesus Christ is suffering.
What I mean to say is, that when we are going through the wringer in life and it seems that no matter which way we turn, there seems to be a road block; we hurt, we don’t feel right, we don’t sense His presence any longer; Times like these there seems to be a trial waiting around every corner; Ever morning we wake up once again to face something we thought we could no longer face another day; we are experiencing Christ in a very real way. We all have times like these. Sometimes we go through them alone like we’re the only one in the world that is facing this. Other times we face things corporatly, like the whole church and everyone we know is facing it or something similar.
But during these times we must remember (especially me), that this is just another aspect of Christ. Just another stone along the road that leads to Him, is Him, and is by Him. The fulness of God isn’t just happiness and joy and peaceful days. Remember, that Jesus wept, Jesus suffered, Jesus had some hard days while on earth, and when we are going through tough times, that He is too, because He lives inside of us and feels everything that we feel. So when we weep, when we suffer, when we have hard days, weeks, months, or even years, that we are getting to experience Jesus Christ in probably one of the purest ways possible.
All things in Christ, now and forever more — especially in the midst of suffering. Amen.