The earliest known discovery of humans using an adhesive is linked to spear stone flakes glued to wood with birch-bark-tar found in central Italy. In Sibudu Cavein South Africa humans used compound glues from plant gum and red ochrethousands of years ago. Similarly six thousand-year-old ceramics show evidence of adhesives made from horse teeth. Native Americans of the eastern United States used a combination of spruce gum and fat to create waterproof seams in their birch bark canoes.
Today, most of us are big fans of Cyanoacrylate. Were it not for this productin my house my kitchen chair would fall apart! We call this product “Super Glue” or “Krazy Glue.” Cyanoacrylate is used as a forensic tool to capture fingerprints. Those who work with models or who do wood-working know how important super glue is because of how fast it dries and bonds. Did you know rock climbers and stringed musicians use cyanoacrylate to protect their fingers?
Colossians 1:17—He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.
When Paul wrote the Colossians that Jesus existed before all things and that all things are held together by Him, he had no knowledge of the yet-to-be-invented super glue. Yet, he understood that the greatest adhesive is our Lord. The body (corporately and individually) may suffer pain, but His love is our sure bond. Satan may attack God’s creation but he cannot defeat the grip of Jesus. He is our Sustainer. What a Friend—this One who holds all things together.
“He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything” (1:18). The idea that Christ is before all things is not just a tribute to His preceding it is also a tribute to His superiority—He is preeminent. He is most excellent. He is the Lord of the church. It is a testimony to His superiority that He is able to impart meaning, sustain life and deserve our worship. Why would we not cling to Him? Why would we not recognize that our very purpose and hope is defined by this grand Vine from which we extend? Francis Frangipane wrote in Holiness, Truth and the Presence of God, “The Lord wants us to be rooted in Him, not rooted in our ideas about Him.” Let us make Him first in everything for in so doing we will experience incredible fruit and joy to His delight!
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)