Thursday, May 15, 2008

CHRIST holds us together

Last night, I got an email in my inbox from a friend. It said the following:

Louie Giglio was talking about how inconceivably BIG our God He spoke the universe into He breathes stars out of His mouth that are huge raging balls of fire...etc. etc. Then He went on to speak of how this star-breathing, universe creating God ALSO knitted our human bodies together with amazing detail and wonder. ....and I was remembering how I was constantly amazed during medical school as I learned more and more about God's handiwork. I remember so many times thinking...."How can ANYONE deny that a Creator did all of this???" Louie went on to talk about how we can trust that the God who created all this, also has the power to hold it all together when things seem to be falling our loving Creator is also our sustainer. And then I lost my breath. It was because he started talking about laminin. I knew about laminin. Here is how Wikipedia describes them:"Laminins are a family of proteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding of basement membranes in almost every animal tissue." You see....laminins are what hold us together....LITERALLY. They are cell adhesion molecules. They are what holds one cell of our bodies to the next cell. Without them, we would literally fall apart. And I knew all this already. But what I didn't know is what laminin LOOKED LIKE. But now I do. And I have thought about it a thousand times since (already)....
Here is what the structure of laminin looks like...AND THIS IS NOT a "Christian portrayal" of it....if you look up laminin in any scientific/medical piece of literature, this is what you will see...

Now tell me that our God is not the coolest!!! Amazing. The glue that holds us together....ALL of in the shape of the cross. Immediately Colossians 1:15-17 comes to mind. "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things HOLD TOGETHER." Colossians 1:15-17

Thousands of years before the world knew anything about laminin, Paul penned those words. And now we see that from a very LITERAL standpoint, we are held cell to the cross. You would never in a quadrillion years convince me that is anything other than the mark of a Creator who knew EXACTLY what laminin "glue" would look like long before Adam even breathed his first breath!
Of course, when I received this email, I didn’t just believe it! So I looked it up myself and not only did I discover the image of laminin but I also found the God Tube video where Louie Giglio actually talks about it. Here it is: 

Check it out for yourself and be amazed by a MORE THAN AMAZING GOD. Through CHRIST we are held together in more ways than one; EVERY one and EVERY thing!

CHRIST “in Whom we are having the deliverance, the pardon of sins, Who is the Image of the invisible God, Firstborn of every creature, for in Him is all created, that in the heavens and that on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones, or lordships, or sovereignties, or authorities, all is created through Him and for Him, and He is before all, and all has its cohesion in Him.” (Colossians 1:14-17)

In awe of Him…

1 comment:

  1. I truly love the truth expressed in Giglio’s speech that Christ holds us together!! It is absolute truth from the Scriptures. However, 33 seconds into the video, Giglio imparts some partiality stating that Christ has made us a promise, that for “…those who trust in Him, he will literally hold them in His hand and carry them all the days of their life…”

    Colossians 1 states the absolute and impartial truth of God that it does not matter if you trust in Christ or not, all has its cohesion in Him. Giglio even admits to that at the end of this particular video clip.

    “And He is the Head of the body, the ecclesia, Who is Sovereign, Firstborn from among the dead, that in all He may be becoming first, for in Him the entire complement delights to dwell, and through Him to reconcile all to Him (making peace through the blood of His cross), through Him, whether those on the earth or those in the heavens. And you, being once estranged and enemies in comprehension, by wicked acts, yet now He reconciles by His body of flesh, through His death, to present you holy and flawless and unimpeachable in His sight…” (Colossians 1:18-22)


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