Jesus Christ: "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the assembly; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation..."(Colossians 1:15-22) In this world we have good news, and we have bad news. The bad news far outweighs the good news, at least by volume. But in terms of quality, the best news is what is described by the apostle Paul in the verses just quoted above in his letter to the believers in Colosse during the First Century. In short: Jesus created EVERYTHING, and Jesus OWNS everything. And yes, EVERYTHING is literal and means EVERYTHING. Put in negative terms: Satan owns NOTHING. Satan owns NOBODY. In fact, Christ OWNS SATAN, because he created him, he who was formerly an Angel of Light, but is now the Prince of Darkness. Satan, the Devil, once had a claim on others, on those who rebelled against God, as he did. But not anymore. After Jesus came to earth in human form, taking on the form of a helpless baby that Satan tried hard to destroy, and then grew up into a man and freely gave up his own earthly life as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world, he paid a costly price to purchase back everyone who was previously lost. One of the biggest lies that Satan, the father of lies, wants you to believe, is that you cannot be saved. That you are beyond hope, that because of your past, or your family, or some terrible things you have done in your life, that you are beyond hope and doomed to whatever the future has in store for you. This is a lie! You were created in the image of God. And even if you have been traveling down the wrong road in life, as long as you have breath and a heart beat, you can claim the redemption that Christ paid for by his own blood, which satisfied God's anger and judgement against your sins: past, present, and future. The redemption that Christ purchased is rightfully yours. Not because you deserve it. Not because you earned it. But because God loves you, and he wants you to come home.