Prayer: Our Father in heaven, it was through Jesus, the Word made flesh, that You created all that is. Could it be that those tiny baby hands were the same as those that flung such incomprehensible vastness into existence? As we look at all the wonders of the created universe and the beauties and marvels of the world in which we live, open our eyes to see the imprint of His fingers. Amen.
John 1:1-3: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made though Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
In Genesis 1:3 the Bible says, “And God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light.” That spoken Word was Christ, the creative power of God. All that God made was made through the spoken Word. Again, that Word was Christ. This is why the more we study science and any aspect of the created universe, we see the unmistakable imprint of Christ and of God; for Christ was and is God. This is why the whole Bible is replete with spiritual metaphors, illustrations from creation that help us grasp who God is (wind, water, snow and rain, rock, etc., etc.); and why Jesus could use all parts of creation as metaphors of Himself and our spiritual lives (a grapevine, a seed of wheat, a lamb, etc., etc.) This is sheer genius!
The world as we know it is created with infinite wisdom and knowledge, and it is loaded with power of all sorts. The more science discovers and explores, the more we uncover this wisdom and knowledge and power. And the more we marvel at it. I Corinthians 1:24 says that Christ is both the wisdom of God and the power of God.
Proverbs 8:12-36 describes well this interplay between God the Father and Jesus, the embodiment of God’s wisdom and power. This passage personifies wisdom in the creation process, and Jesus is that Wisdom. The phrases used are true of Christ. “I have been established from everlasting, from the beginning, before there was ever an earth.” “When He prepared the heaven, I was there…” It goes on to mention different aspects of creation, describing them in architectural terms. Throughout the whole process, in all the structural decisions, “I was beside Him as a master craftsman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him, rejoicing in His inhabited world, and my delight was with the sons of men.” The chapter concludes with truths that find their echo in the words of Jesus in the Gospel of John: “Whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death.” (Compare with John 3:16-21.)
The Word which God speaks is a creative word. That Word is Christ. Jesus Christ is the creative Genius behind both the physical world and the spiritual world. In the beginning He created the heavens and the earth and all things in them. In the new creation the Word of God creates a spiritual, intangible “new heaven and new earth” within us, the Kingdom of Christ within our hearts. Although the creation story in Genesis 1 is literal and physical, it is also metaphoric; and this is the genius of God: “For the God who called light to shine out of darkness has caused His light to shine in our hearts to give us the knowledge of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (II Corinthians 4:6) When a person opens his life to receive Christ as Savior and Lord, it is God speaking His creative Word, Jesus Christ, into the heart, creating light where once there was only darkness. He then begins to fill that person’s heart with the beauties of the heavenly realm. Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21)
One day the Word of God will again create a literal, physical new heaven and new earth, a whole new tangible reality (II Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:1). In this new reality, all that God desired for creation will be fully realized: no more death, no more sorrow, no more crying, no more pain, no more curse, no more darkness. All those former things will have passed away (Revelation 21:4; 22:3, 5). As Tolkien wrote, “Everything sad will become untrue!” All things will be made new (Revelation 21:5). Jesus called it the “regeneration.” The Greek word is palinggenesis; paling = anew, once more and genesis = beginning or birthday.
But Hebrews 1 tells us that Jesus is not just the Creator of the physical and spiritual realms, He is also the Creator of history. The word translated worlds in Hebrews 1:2 (“through whom also He made the worlds”) is the Greek word aeons from which we get our word eons, meaning ages. The unfolding of historical ages is also His creative genius. And just as the physical creation is embedded with the imprint of Christ and metaphorically speaks of spiritual truths, revealing Christ to us; so also the historical creation is embedded with the imprint of Christ and metaphorically speaks of spiritual truths, revealing Christ.
When God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, He was seeing more than just a literal event that tested Abraham’s faith; God was pointing down through history to the sacrifice of Christ, His one and only beloved Son. (Notice the similar wording in Genesis 22:2, 12, 16 and Matthew 3:17, John 1:18 & 3:16.) When Joseph was rejected by his brothers and later exalted to the highest rank as ruler over Egypt, besides being historical reality, his life story was also metaphoric of what would happen to Jesus. When God told the people of Israel to kill the Passover Lamb and put the blood on the doorposts of their houses, He was looking down through time to another Lamb who would be slain on a cross. On and on the historic record unrolls, the scroll of time unfolding the mysteries of Christ. This, too, is mind-blowing genius!
This is why Luke could write, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27) Jesus told the religious leaders who refused to believe in Him, “You search the Scriptures for in them you think you have eternal life, but these are they which testify of Me.” (John 5:39) And after His resurrection His said to His disciples: “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets, and the Psalms concerning Me.” It’s all about HIM! – Jesus the Creator of the physical, spiritual, and historical realms.
Other Related Scriptures:
John 1:10-11: He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
Colossians 1:15-17: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
Hebrews 1:1-3: God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds (aeons = ages/eons); who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
Spend a few minutes as a family in prayer worshiping God for His creative Word: past, the beauty of original creation (Gen. 1); present, the wonder of the Kingdom of God being created within us; future, the Blessed Hope we look forward to of a new heaven and new earth; and for the mysteries of Christ revealed in history, which include past, present, and future. Praise the Creator for all that is, for all it reveals to us of Christ.