Heb. 1:3 -He holds the universe together and expands it by the mighty power of his spoken word.

I thought about this passage recently when I was reading about the miracle of Lazarus being raised from the dead by Jesus. I was struck by the simple command, “Lazarus, come out of your tomb”. That’s when I began to ponder today’s scripture text. In the Passion Translation it brings out the shades of meaning in the original text, Jesus holds the universe together and expands it by the power of His spoken word. In other words He is carrying everything along, even the stuff that appears chaotic, in order to complete His amazing plan. Lazarus’ family were upset, probably angry, and confused about the death of Lazarus. With all the miracles they had witnessed surely He would have performed this one; after all, Lazarus was His friend. They thought it was over but the Lord had bigger plans in mind. Here is how WUEST describes this verse.

“This act has to do, not only with sustaining the weight of the universe, but also with maintaining its coherence and carrying on its development….The Lord Jesus holds all things together and in their proper relationship to each other by His own power. The oceans are held in their beds. The rivers run down into the sea. The heavenly bodies are held in their orbits…..This act of maintaining this coherence, implies the guidance and propulsion of all the parts of the universe to a definite end. An illustration of this use of phero is found in the Septuagint, where Moses says, “I am not able to bear (phero) all this people alone,” where phero has in it the idea of the responsibility of the government and guidance of Israel. This sustaining of the universe, this maintaining its coherence in all its parts, the Son accomplishes “by the word of his power.” The universe was called into being by the Word of God, and is sustained by that same Word.”

Now its time to think about how this effects us. If He is holding the universe together and is moving along every part of creation to fulfill His plans, He has a specific plan for how you fit into the master scheme, and is just moving things along. Draw near to the Lord, He loves you and has a marked out plan for you to work in.


  1. For what has been a life time of lessons, better yet, what defines our lives as individuals, we must live with limited knowledge, God makes no mistakes, embrace humility, it softens the rough patches from selfish, self centered decisions. Jesus puts me back in right standing and it cost Him everything. I can honor that by learning how to appreciate all that that means.

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