I was completing a worksheet the other day on the book of Colossians and found a question mark by this verse: “He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.” (Colossians 2:19) I’m guessing I didn’t quite understand this verse. When you think of this in the strictest sense, of course it won’t make sense.
However, is Christ not the head of the Body? We cannot rightly say we are the head. We do not control the rest of the body. What does it mean for Christ to be the head of the Body?
When we think of the head, what immediately comes to our mind? Well, the brain comes to my mind. The brain controls much more than we sometimes give it credit for. The brain tells our arm to move it when we accidently touch the stove. It protects us from harm. It saves some of our memories; it protects us from some of our memories. Even when we hate to admit it, the brain is extremely vital to our existence. We can’t go on without it.
Have you ever seen a chicken with its head cut off? It runs around, aimlessly, not really going anywhere: just running. The church would truly be like this without Jesus at the head. He knows what He’s doing. We have to trust Him. He saved us from the ultimate death: eternal death. Without Him, we are lost, alone, afraid, and we run aimlessly. He is our reason for survival.
We are supported by Him. As we continue to grow in Him, He strengthens us to become wiser and stronger in our faith. He uses us to accomplish His great deeds. Just as the brain tells the fingers to move when playing the piano, Jesus is the one who truly supports us as we go out into the world, a light for Him.
There have been great churches and great men and women who have forgotten where God’s place is. They put themselves on the throne and they place God aside. How long does this usually last? It usually doesn’t last very long. Just as we cannot survive without our head, the Church cannot survive without Him as the head. He is our life and our salvation.
Glory to God!
Amen and Amen