Blobfish & Voyager-1

Sermon Snippets’ is an occasional series, taking bitesize chunks from our Sunday sermons.  The following excerpt is adapted from a sermon on Colossians 1:15-20, preached by Nathan Burley last Sunday.  You can listen to the whole sermon here.


Jesus is a bigger deal than we think.

Lots of people today think He’s just an interesting historical figure, maybe not even that.  But no, Jesus is supreme.

Why?  v16 “For by him all things were created.”

And in case we don’t know what “all things” means, Paul spells it out!  “in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him & for him.”

ALL things.  Wherever, whatever, whoever.  If it exists, Jesus made it.

This week the aptly named blob fish was voted the ugliest animal in the world.

 You may never have seen one of those before.  Apologies that you now can’t unsee it!  There are countless creatures like this.  Strange species, some massive, some tiny, all so different.

And Jesus made all of them.  All His idea.  You might think the blobfish is a bit a weird thing to think up, but where’s the last fish you invented?

No-one can do what Jesus can do.

On the other end of the spectrum, this week NASA announced that Voyager-1, which launched in 1977, just became the first man-made object to leave our solar system.

It’s around 19 billion km away.  Which is a lot compared to how far most of us travelled to get to church.  But it’s about a millimetre compared to the known universe.  To give some perspective, in about 40,000 years, Voyager 1 might get within a light year or so of another star other than the sun.  That’s the scale of the universe.

Jesus created all of it.  He’s supreme over creation because He made it all.

Is that what you think of when hear the name ‘Jesus’?

Listen to the rest of the sermon here.