Christ, Our Genesis
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The opening section of John recalls the opening portion of all of Scripture in the Book of Genesis. It is a book of beginnings, including mankind, God’s creation and the fall into sin and death. It is also the book that gives the first promise of a savior in Genesis 3.
John’s purpose, then, is to declare the connection that Jesus is the Divine Creator. If that were all, it is a pretty significant declaration. But, that isn’t all. It means that Jesus’ role is to create from nothing (theologians call this “Ex Nihilo”), or from very little. The activity of creation happens all through the New Testament Gospel accounts. Whether it’s a man born blind, or a cripple given the ability to walk, Jesus is a Creating God.
Jesus declared himself to be God in His creative works. Giving someone the ability to see or walk is an incredible work. They are dramatic demonstrations of God’s power. But, they are not the greatest demonstrations of His creative activity. The crowning achievement of His creative activity is the creation of faith in those who are dead in sin and trespasses.
While the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is truly amazing, the creation of faith in men born spiritually dead is astounding. He performs this act by speaking audible words to the crowds, disciples and individuals. The words He speaks create something that doesn’t exist in the person. It is His ongoing work.
Think of doubting Thomas. Although he believed once he saw the resurrected Christ, Jesus told him, “Blessed are those who have not seen, yet believe”. This includes those who follow Jesus today. How did they come to believe, if they haven’t seen the resurrected Christ?