As I’ve shared many times before, Paul describes the Cosmic Christ in the ancient creed that predates his writing. Here is that creed, recorded in Colossians. I’ve highlighted some of the key phrases:
15 He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation.
16 For by Him all things were created—
in heaven and on earth,
the seen and the unseen,
whether thrones or angelic powers
or rulers or authorities.
All was created through Him and for Him.
17 He exists before everything,
and in Him all holds together.
18 He is the head of the body, His community.
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead—
so that He might come to have first place in all things.
19 For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him.
20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself,
making peace through the blood of His cross—
whether things on earth or things in heaven! (Col. 1:15-20 TLV *)
As I said in “Logos: the structuring Reality of everything,” when we say the Logos was with God and the Logos was God (John 1:1), we’re not talking about mere text. We’re saying that Christ Himself is what gives the cosmos its existence and meaning.
Theologically speaking, the writer of Hebrews expresses Christ’s true nature this way:
3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (Heb.1:3 NASB *)
In my book, Sonshift: Everything Changes in the Father’s Embrace,” I made the point that our theology should be expressed as heart language, in terms of endearment—in art, poetry, music, in beauty and intimacy—not some dry stainless-steel dissertation of a distant deity:
“God is a creator, not a technician. Everything about Him flows like perfect poetry.
And you are His masterpiece, sculpted from heaven for glory! For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Eph. 2: 10 NLT)”
The glory of God is best contemplated with childlike fascination and wild-eyed wonder while lying barefoot in the grass under a starry summer night. For He is the ultimate artist and the universe is His canvas. It speaks volumes about the One who lavishly paints endlessly diverse sunsets and who the poets of Scripture tell us spreads out the galaxies like a tapestry before us.” (p. 109-110)
What’s interesting is that physicists and cosmologists are now describing star clusters as a “jewel box” and the universe as “elegant.” Everything moves and spins and vibrates with energy and life in what’s been called a “cosmic dance,” as I mentioned in “Everything in relational.”
This awesome wonder, for me, is the essence of what Scripture means by the fear of the Lord, the beginning of true wisdom. It’s revelatory, it’s reverential shock and awe, the splendorous magnificence of God’s majesty that’s so overwhelming I cannot help but worship Him in humble adoration. It’s breathtaking in its ever-increasing glory as I try to take it in with child-like wonder.
But it’s also the unfathomable and indescribable nature of His gracious love. David said it best about the wonder of God’s glory in His other-centered, self-giving love:
3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
4 What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
5 Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty! (Psalm 8:3-5 NASB)
It’s not the heavens that we worship, but Christ, the maker of heaven and earth. As the ancient followers of God believed, His first “Bible” was nature itself.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard. (Psalm 19:1-3 NKJV)
And this means we can worship this Cosmic Christ through science, too! Here’s a video clip from the 2017 Biologos Conference where Deborah Haarsma talks about this glory and wonder from the perspective of being both a scientist and a Christ follower. Dr. Haarsma was a former professor and chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is the current president of The Biologos Foundation.
Dr. Haarsma shares three aspects of the Cosmic Christ and why she sees God’s glory in His creation as an astronomer:
1. The Glory of Christ
2. Christ’s power reversal
3. The love of Christ
As Dr. Haarsma says, that glory we see in the universe is the glory of Christ. He is worthy of our worship! I hope you enjoy this brief lecture by Dr. Haarsma.