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Creative Beginnings
by Jennifer Kelly on June 16th, 2014

The story of creation is the oldest story ever told.  Or is it?  God spoke. 
His Word invoking, creating, and moving particles into a purpose and order from which He designed and commanded it to.  The first three verses of Genesis alone give us such a unique picture into the attributes and character of God. 

Genesis 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the water.  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light” (NIV).  

Mostly everyone I know has heard these verses before.  Those who believe in God and my friends that don't.  The creation story is like Jesus being born at Christmas time, we’ve heard it a time or two.  But don’t let familiarity cause you to miss out on the importance of the first three verses of Scripture.  We so easily get used to hearing the same verses, the same stories, over and over again, that we run right on by them never understanding the full meaning.

“Let there be light” is the first words spoken in all of creation.  Why?  Let there be light?  We know that on the fourth day of creation God created the sun, the moon, and the stars… to separate the night from the day (Ge. 1:14-19).  What’s the difference between the two?  What was it about this light that was so special on the first day comparative to what took place on the fourth day of creation? And more than that, what was this light’s source?  Where did it come from?  Why is there such distinction (and what is that distinction) from the light on day one of God creating the world, to day four?

The Gospel of John gives us a different explanation of origin than that of Genesis.  Genesis is the start of our beginnings, the creation of the elements, plants, animals, and of humanity. The beginning of the Gospel of John is more of an account to explain eternal beginnings… if you can even call it that.  For ‘eternal’ in of itself implies no beginning and no end.  To even attempt to explain eternal beginnings is too much to comprehend.  We, as human beings, can only make a humble attempt to try and understand, the attribute of God having no beginning and no end. 

John 1:1-5 states, “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 men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it” (NIV).   

Pay special attention to John 1:5, “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it” (NIV).  Is this a coincidence to that of Genesis 1:3 where God said, “Let there be light”?  I don’t think it is.  Not so much of light in of itself (as we think of light), but the light of life, found only in Jesus Christ our Lord.  There, in the very first three verses of Genesis, we find God the Father speaking and creating, God the Holy Spirit hovering, and Jesus Christ as the source of light and life of the universe.  Stay with me.  Remember that Gospel of John was talking about Jesus when he clearly states, “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 men” (Jn. 1:3-4 NIV). 

The word “through” in Greek is “dia” meaning: "by the means of" or "and because of" (Key Word).  To know that God spoke light into existence, because of - or through Jesus Christ, should give a whole new meaning of love and sacrifice and redemption that you might not have thought of before.  Here’s why -

Before God could spoke the entire universe into existence, God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit all existed together in perfect harmony.  Jesus had to of known what He was going to have to do, for all of humanity, before God the Father said, “Let there be light”.  If Jesus is God in nature, then before His incarnation He knew the cross of Calvary to be His destination.

Philippians 2:5-11 states, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but making himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (NIV).

But it wasn’t just Jesus who knew His destination, God the Father when He spoke, “Let there be light” at that very moment, gave up His only Son for the sin of the world.  John 3:16 is a much quoted verse, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (NIV).  But one must keep reading, and keep in mind the first three verses of Genesis and the first five verses of the Gospel of John that we have read through together.

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son, This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” (John 3:15-19 NIV). 

Yes, when Jesus Christ was born unto the Virgin Mary, light entered the world in the form of a baby boy.  But the source of that light, Jesus Christ, was also there from the beginning and through (dia) which this world (me and you) were created.  Think about it.  “Let there be light” started the story of the cosmos and the beginning of humanity, but it’s also just as important to note the source of that light came through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Colossian 1:15-17 states, “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 were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (NIV).

Please understand the importance here.  The moment that God said, “Let there be light” the creation began through Jesus Christ. Remember that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have always lived in perfect communion and harmony…no separation.  The Holy Spirit was hovering; God spoke, and the light of life came to being from the One who would pay it all.  All three knew that separation would come, because Jesus would be nailed to the cross for our sins.  So now, go back and read the first three verses of Scripture again.  Read from the perspective of what you have just learned. 

That’s how much God loves. 
That’s why the Holy Spirit hovers. 
That’s why Jesus is the light of life. 

To be with you forevermore.

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