“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Col 1:16-17)
The one spoken about in the verses above is Jesus. He is the one who holds all things together. To hold in that context is to cause to stand, to be constituted, to be upheld and to consist.
In wonderful gestures that demonstrate the value of human touch, this Jesus, when he became flesh and dwelt among us, allowed some to hold him. To hold in that context is to have or maintain in the grasp. So try to wrap your mind around that fact that the One who holds all things together allowed some to maintain Him in their grasp! Maybe some examples will help:
“And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them” (Luke 2:7).
“Then Simeon took Jesus in his arms. He gave honor to Him and thanked God, saying”… (Luke 2:28).
“Just then Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ They came up, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him” (Matt 28:9).
There is a way, in a manner of speaking, that we get to maintain Him in our grasp today:
“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).
To behold in that context is to calling attention to what may be seen or heard or mentally apprehended.
So while we may not be able to physically hold Jesus in our grasp today, we do have the opportunity to behold Him. That is, we get to call attention to and apprehend the wonder of His person and maintain that in the grasp of our hearts and minds.