Epistle Colossians 3:1-11
Christ Our Life — Past, Present, and Future
Christ is our life: He is the author of our creation and our salvation and by the power of the Holy Spirit in Word and Sacrament He keeps and sustains us in faith and empowers us to fight against the power of sin and darkness. And Christ who is our life will appear again in glory when He come to collect all that belong to Him, who are the sheep of His pasture, and restores all things in a new heaven and a new earth. The new creation that awaits is the glorious end of the revelation of God’s salvation. This is the hope of the Christian, who knows that the battles of the here and now are not the end, for there will come a time when reality of salvation that we already have in Christ will be completely and once and for all fulfilled. There will come a time when the foretaste of the banquet feast of the Lamb that we have in Holy Communion will be fully realized when we gather around the throne of God. And on that day there will be no more battles, no more sin, no more death. “What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power” (1 Co 15:42–43). We will appear with Christ in glory. For He is our life for all eternity.
Now seems to be the time for groaning and hardship and trial, but then it will be for rejoicing. Now is the time for desiring, then is the moment of embracing what we long for. What we desire now is not present, this is true. But let us not falter in desire for the things that are above. Let us continually desire to daily set our minds on Christ, who is our life — the One who made the promise, who seated at the right hand of God. From thence he shall come again.