Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Jesus Created The World!

It was Jesus who created the world! What?! Sounds whack doesn't it? But let's take a broader look at who Jesus really is, and not just know Him as the one who died on the cross for us (although the cross is obviously hugely significant). 

Let's start with this scripture. "In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God." (John 1:1-2 NLT) 

So, who is the 'Word'? If we didn't have John 1:14, it might be confusing, but look at verse 14: "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14 NLT) That clarifies it! The Word is without a doubt Jesus. Now we can substitute Jesus for the Word in verse one above. 

"In the beginning, Jesus already existed. Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God. Jesus existed in the beginning with God." WOW!!!

It gets even more amazing. Look at John 1:3, "God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him." The "him" in this verse directly refers to Jesus. In other words, "God created everything through Jesus, and nothing was created except through Jesus." Incredible. Based on that verse, forget the thought that Jesus was simply created by God when He was born as a human. He wasn't. Based on the above verse, it's absurd to say Jesus was a created being because Jesus can't make himself! Jesus was not a created being.....Jesus existed before all things, and through Jesus all things were created.

I love it when the Bible reinforces its teachings, when different scriptures corroborate truths. For example, look at Hebrews 1:1 NIV, "In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe." This verse reinforces the truth that Jesus was involved in creation! Through Him God made the universe. Amazing!

Here's more support for the fact that Jesus was involved in creation. "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." (Colossians 1:15-17 NIV)  It says that in Him, all things were created. And not just this world, but things in heaven and earth, visible and invisible. Mind-boggling!! ALL things were created by Jesus and for Jesus.

How can this be? It's because of the three-in-one Godhead. Some call it the trinity - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - one God in three persons. Don't try to totally grasp it because our finite minds are not capable of understanding such things of the spiritual realm. Some things need to be simply left to faith, and remain a mystery that we aren't meant to totally comprehend.

This idea that Jesus is God makes sense when you look at the above creation scriptures. This scripture helps clarify that truth. "Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man,  he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!" (Philippians 2:6-8 NIV)

So, yes, Jesus was involved in creation. And even if you look back in Genesis chapter one, you'll see that the concept of the trinity was there from the beginning. "...Let us make human beings in our image..." (Genesis 1:26 NLT). Notice it says "in our image", not "in my image".

I hope this gives you a broader picture of who Jesus is, and how amazing it is that He came to earth, to die for our sins. 

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