He upholds the universe by the word of his power.
Hebrews 1:3b (ESV)
Jesus is greater! As the heir and creator of the universe He is greater because of His superior position. As the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, He is greater because of His preeminent nature. And also, because of His marvellous works, He is simply superior. Let’s look at the fist work mentioned in this part of the verse.
He upholds the universe by the word of His power. Tables, chairs and brick walls consist of atoms and molecules. In an atom, the electrons circle the nucleus at a high speed. Who keeps them on their path? Who makes sure that the molecules do not fall apart and with them everything around us? It’s Jesus Christ! He also upholds the atoms and molecules of our bodies at this very moment! He controls the paths of sun, moon and the billions of stars! The world only exists because HE, at this very moment, literally maintains it! Isn’t that marvellous?!
Christ’s upholding the universe includes more than just the physical world! It also includes all beneficial institutions which He established when HE created the world, for example marriages and governing authorities. Even the church can be mentioned here. He upholds all of them by the power of His Word. But what happens when people and whole societies reject Christ or when governments suppress the Bible or when churches turn away from His Word? For some time, Christ may continue to keep them by His common grace. But often, there comes a time when He withdraws His upholding power. Then societies, governments and even churches will fall apart.
Why does the apostle Paul request: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom (Colossians 3:16)? He knew that Christ upholds marriages and families, churches and ministries by the Word of His power. And Christ’s powerful Word is also the best means to bring them together again!
In the end it’s the powerful Word of Christ
that maintains institutions, organisations and relationships!