This week, we will meditate on God’s creation and some of the implications.
God made everything and turned chaos into order:
Old Testament – Genesis 1:1-8
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
An acknowledgement of God’s creative power and ownership of all that is made:
The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;
you founded the world and all that is in it.
Before anything was made, Jesus (or “the Word”) already existed and was God. He participated in the creation of everything. Then, he came to live with us for a while:
New Testament – John 1:1-4; 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
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.
Meditation: John 1:1 deliberately evokes Genesis 1:1. Jesus (called “the Word”) participated in the act of creating all things. The same Jesus who dwelt with us 2,000 years ago. The same Jesus who, even today, is full of grace and truth. In the Bible, grace refers to God’s lavish favour towards undeserving people. The God who made it all cares about us all.