We’re on a mission to discover Christ in Christianity. In Luke 24:27 we find an important message that will help us on this mission. After Jesus rose from death, He met some of his disciples on the road to Emmaus. During this encounter we learn, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”
From Luke 24:27 we learn that Jesus can be found in all the Scriptures. So, to begin our mission, let’s stroll back to the creation of all things to see if we can find Jesus there. Our first task is to clear away all the layers of good intentions, apologies, and cruft that have gathered upon the narrative of creation. To do this we need to go to source, to Genesis 1:1-3 :
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
- Genesis 1:1, God, the Hebrew is אֱלֹהִ֑ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm), which is is plural, means the true God. So Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are present in the first verse of the Bible.
- Genesis 1:2, Spirit of God, the Hebrew is וְר֣וּחַ (wə·rū·aḥ) of אֱלֹהִ֑ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm), which mean breath, wind, spirit of God
- Genesis 1:3, Said, the Hebrew is וַיֹּ֥אמֶר (way·yō·mer), which means say, speak, utter, so the Word of God was active in creation.
We often find people challenging the Creation truth, not only by telling lies, but by attaching emotions to this truth with the hope of embarrassing or demeaning anyone that believes it. A common way people assault Genesis 1:1 is by saying, “I don’t believe in myths, I believe in science.”
Well, an article on TNW states, “Quantum physics is about as close to a faith-based field of scientific study as there is.” And MIT Technology Review published an article titled, “A quantum experiment suggests there’s no such thing as objective reality.” It’s tough to argue about who is right if the other side has decided that people don’t exist.” 😉
My question to “science-based” faiths is this: why should I place my trust in you? Your beliefs are contradictory, fragile, and volatile. Your scientific community continually changes what you believe while the truth stated in God’s Word has remained unchanged for at least 3,500 years? Which camp should I trust, science or God? The answer seems self-evident.
Jesus Was There
A fascinating passage from Scripture about Jesus and creation is found in Colossians 1:15-17 :
He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 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.
- He –> That is Jesus, who “was chosen before the creation of the world” (1 Peter 1:20)
- is the image of the invisible God –> Jesus said, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” (John 14:9)
- the firstborn of all creation –> Jesus is the heir and Lord of all creation. This verse is NOT saying that the Son of God was created! We know this by the very next verse which states, “For by him all things were created.” The Son did not create Himself.
What Have We Learned?
So, what have we learned? We found that in eternity past God (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit) was (no beginning – God is the I AM). As we excavated the creation of all things we found, before creation, Christ was there. Christ Jesus is the Word that became flesh (John 1:1).
In the opening verses of the Bible we find exactly the same God as we find throughout God’s Word. The Word that became flesh made all that was made. Therefore, let us receive Him as our Lord and Savior. Let us be good stewards of the earth for our Lord made it. Let us not mistreat animals for we will be held accountable. Let’s give thanks to God for he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).