Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Lord This Day Thy Children Meet"1 (Lyrics)
Our loving God created us in His image and He delights in us. He continually surprises us with hidden treasures in all of creation for us to discover and enjoy. For example, scientists have identified protein molecules called laminins. These are the sheets of protein that form the substrate of all internal organs. 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." Laminins assist in cell adhesion. In other words, it is the glue that holds us together.
Colossians 1:15-17 – The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (NIV 2011)
This passage is amazing because it indicates that Jesus is the glue that holds everything in the universe together!
Living in this period of history, we have the advantage of having a broad perspective regarding the life of Jesus. From our vantage point, we know the beginning, middle, and ending to the story of salvation. We can learn about Jesus' life and message through historical documentation and through the written Word of God recorded in the Bible. We know that God came to earth in the form of a human baby. This divine child grew up and experienced every earthly temptation and trial, yet never sinned. Finally, in order to save mankind from the wrath of God, He was nailed to the cross as a sacrifice to cover sin forever. For those of us who receive for ourselves His incredible act of love on the cross, Jesus unites us with God. The blood of Jesus has covered our sins, making it possible for us to come into the presence of our loving heavenly Father. Therefore, we might think of Jesus on the cross as the heavenly glue that bonds us spiritually with God.
Interesting, but how do these glue illustrations connect? I'm glad you asked, because this answer is amazing. When viewed under the microscope, laminin, the glue that holds our physical bodies together, is shaped like the cross! God marked the glue in our bodies with the sign of a cross. We are glued both spiritually and physically to God by a cross. Glory to God!
Prayer: Gracious God, You are the Creator of all things. Your fingerprints are on all of creation. We thank You for all of Your hidden treasures yet to be discovered. We thank You for Jesus, our heavenly glue. As we reflect on Christ's life and His journey to the cross, may we be humbled and awed by Your incredible love for us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.