Sustained by his powerful word

Bible scholar Luke Timothy Johnson says the most important question we need to answer is whether or not Jesus is alive. Not only do we believe in the Jesus of history, but in the Jesus who was raised and continues to be alive—reigning and ruling at God’s right hand.

See Hebrews 1:3: “The Son [i.e. Jesus] is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.”

Jesus is “sustaining all things by his powerful word.”

Right now. He has an ongoing function in our lives and world. 

The word “sustaining” could also be “upholding.” Just think about that for a moment:

-The world spinning on its axis—upheld and sustained by Jesus’ powerful word.
-The stars and rainbows—upheld and sustained by Jesus’ powerful word.
-The nations and people groups of the planet—upheld and sustained by Jesus’ powerful word.
-The oceans and forests—upheld and sustained by Jesus’ powerful word.
-Your life, your breath, your hope—upheld and sustained by Jesus’ powerful word! 

John Calvin remarks: “everything will quickly disintegrate if it is not upheld by His goodness.”*


As I leave my house to walk the dog, or send the kids off to school, or pass the hospital waving in gratitude to medical staff, I marvel. I marvel that it is Jesus himself who is upholding and sustaining life itself.

The world is not random or pointless. It was designed, you have purpose and value, and you can’t go a day without reminders of your Creator’s love.

Look around. Stand in awe. Be confident. Worry less. You don’t have to carry the weight of the world; that job’s already taken by the only one who is supremely qualified to do so.

All things are sustained by Jesus’ powerful word, including you. As a result, you can never truly fall.


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–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

–*John Calvin, Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries: Hebrews and 1 and 2 Peter, trans. W.B. Johnson, eds. D Torrance & T. Torrance (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdman’s, 1963), 9.

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