Jesus, Our Master Creator
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:3)
Aardvarks, antelopes, alligators and ants; bumble bees, bullfrogs, butterflies and birds; caterpillars, chameleons, canines and cats; from the highest angel to the lowest worm–all things were created ex nihilo –the Latin phrase for “out of nothing”–by the Word in relation with the Father and the Holy Spirit. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit together in this mighty work of Creation, our Master Creator.
I find it is helpful to think of this truth as follows: God the Father willed it (volition); God the Son worded it (verbal); God the Holy Spirit worked it (vigor).
I cannot help but be reminded of God’s words to Job in response to Job’s questioning of the Almighty’s plans.
Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said: “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you and you shall answer me. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?” (Job 38:1-4)
“Here is the divine antidote against the pride and restless ambition of the men of this world. Nothing is more sad than to witness a pushing, bustling, forward, self-confident spirit and style in those who profess to be followers of than to witness a pushing, bustling, forward, self-confident spirit and style in those who profess to be followers of Him who was meek and lowly in heart. It is such a flagrant contradiction of the spirit and precepts of Christianity, and is a sure accompaniment of an unbroken condition of the soul. It is utterly impossible for any one to indulge in a boastful, pretentious, self-confident spirit, if ever he has really measured himself in the presence of God. To be much alone with God is the sovereign remedy for pride and self-complacency. May we know the reality of this in the secret of our own souls. May the good Lord keep us truly humble, in all our ways, simply leaning on Himself and his grace.” -C H Macintosh, Notes on Deuteronomy, 1869
God then proceeds to ask Job a series of questions throughout the next two chapters regarding the many aspects of creation about which, of course, Job was clueless–thus making him painfully aware of his own ignorance and insignificance in the entire matter. He had not been present when the earth was founded and filled; nor had he had any participation in the creation of it–much less the understanding behind it. Why in the world did he think he was capable of advising God now? It would behoove us to think this question through for ourselves when we have a desire to instruct God!
In Colossians, the apostle Paul gives the following glorious description of our Lord Jesus which affirms John’s words to us in our verses for today:
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 have been 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 church; 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. (Colossians 1:15-20)
Take It to Heart
We must constantly be looking to Jesus, for in the words of H. A. Ironside, “No one has ever lost out by excessive devotion to Christ.”
“We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by ‘looking unto Jesus’. Keep thine eye simply on Him; let His death, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to Him; when thou liest down at night look to Him. Oh! Let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after Him, and He will never fail thee.”
(C. H. Spurgeon)
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” (C.S. Lewis)