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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.”—1 Corinthians 8:6 (NKJV)
Studying the life of Jesus is like looking at the Grand Canyon through a keyhole . . . there’s only so much that you can see at first. At first glance certain features and aspects jump out at you; the many miracles, the profound parables, and of course, the crucifixion and resurrection.
But draw a little closer to the keyhole, squint a bit and focus your gaze, you’ll see some things in the landscape of Christ’s life that are no less amazing. That’s where John takes his gospel early on as he introduces Jesus to us: “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:3 NKJV).
John is echoing an aspect of Jesus that Paul also touches on in 1 Corinthians 8:6 (see above); and that is, that He is none other than the Creator of all things.
You read that right! When God created the heavens and the earth, Jesus was there equally at work with the Father and the Holy Spirit to bring about all things. This isn’t a fanciful thought, it’s as established as any truth we have in Scripture (Colossians 1:16).
Here’s what makes this so amazingly important to us; Christ’s creative power wasn’t just on display in the beginning of time, it’s on display in every life that surrenders to Him.
It’s in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that Paul tells us that anyone in Christ is a new creation; the old things have passed away and all things are made new. When we come to Jesus with our lives broken and stained by sin, He takes us and makes us into something new, something better, something like Him.
Again, this isn’t just something inside a greeting card that sounds nice. It’s a reality that is just as real as any tree, rock, cloud, raindrop, or anything else in creation. How do we know? Because Christ is the Creator of all things, and He possesses the power to recreate us according to His will.
If we’re brutally honest, there are things about ourselves that we wish were different. Some of these are changed in an instant when we surrender to Christ. Other things are transformed gradually over time. Regardless of the timeframe, we are a new creation in Christ who is the Creator of all things.
DIG: How does Jesus factor in the Creation?
DISCOVER: What bearing does this have on our lives?
DISPLAY: How has/is Christ’s creative power been/being displayed in your life? Make a before/after list of the manners in which Christ has changed you, recreated you.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.