2021 Christmas Advent Day 12: The Creator visits His people
- Main Passage: John 1:3
- All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.
- John tells us quite plainly that all of creation was made through The Word, who is Jesus. Without Jesus nothing was made that currently exists. Everything The Father did in six days, He did it through His Word, He did it through Jesus, who is The Word. The Words which proceed from God’s mouth are alive Hebrews tells us, they are living; this is so because Jesus is The Word.
- And all things were made through The Word. Paul says in Colossians, “For by [Jesus] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him…” [Colossians 1:16] Again, we see in Hebrews, “…By [The Father’s Son] also He made the worlds.” [Hebrews 1:2] And, “And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands.” [Hebrews 1:10] And in Ephesians, Paul writes, “[God] created all things by Jesus Christ.” [Ephesians 3:9] And once more in Hebrews, “For this man, [Jesus], was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but He that built all things is God.” [Hebrews 3:3-4]
- In Isaiah, The LORD, The Father, says, “I Am The LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by Myself.” [Isaiah 44:24] The Father, YHWH, tells us quite plainly He alone created all things. Therefore we conclude logically that Jesus is absolutely equal, without any deviation, and in complete union, with The Father YHWH.
- The more one dwells upon this, the more glorious it becomes. One might even say, the more ridiculous it becomes; for who ever heard of such a thing, that the Creator Himself would be born as a child? As a man? That The very One who proclaims that “all the earth is mine,” and, “behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is The LORD’s Thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is,” [Exodus 19:5, Deuteronomy 10:14] would be born into a stinking feeding trough! And we have the audacity to boldly proclaim “Behold The man!” [Zechariah 6:12] Behold the man, outside of whose wings and refuge, all men will face everlasting destruction; The man in whose name alone is salvation! What a glorious savior we have indeed!
- This child, Jesus, who was born to us a little over 2,000 years ago was and is and shall forever be, The Creator of all things. Psalms says, “By the Word of The LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: He layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear The LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.” [Psalms 33:6-9] “The heavens are Thine, the earth also is Thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, Thou has founded them.” [Psalms 89:11]
- And not only did God create all things through Jesus Christ, but it also pleased God to use Jesus to uphold all things. Jesus is the very person, the very power, which literally holds each atom together. Jesus possess all the energy and power in the universe to hold together the very atoms. Imagine the energy contained in just one single atom; imagine the intense power of splitting the atom, what energy and destructive power is released. And take into account the unfathomable number of atoms which make up all the universe. Imagine now the total mass of every single object in the universe: add together the trillions upon quadrillions of stars, planets, and moons, and anything upon them. And we know Energy is equal to Mass multiplies by the speed of light squared. Nobody has to tell you that light is fast; it’s the fastest thing in the universe. The fact that you must square it and then multiply it by mass is absolutely unimaginable. The energy contained in the total universe is so far beyond computer, let alone human comprehension, there is no conceivable allegory which could properly describe it. Now consider what Paul says: “…by [Jesus] all things hold together,” and, “[Jesus is] upholding all things by the word of His power.” [Colossians 1:17, Hebrews 1:3]
- This God, This Jesus, is the One who came to be born as a child! This God of endless energy and strength became the weakest and most helpless creature in the world! He became a baby, a child! And this same God is the one who thinks about us, who loves us, who cares for us, who upholds us, who blesses us, who feeds us, clothes us, nurtures us, leads us, guides us, fills us. Praise God; yes, praise and bless Him a thousand times over for the Gift of His Son to us. It will take us a million eternities just to write the ‘T’ in thank you for all that He is and all that He has done.
Questions for Day 12
- The Creator God who stepped down from eternity into time and space, becoming a man for us, that He might take upon Himself the wrath of God for our sins, to then resurrect from out of the grave and share with us His spoils of victory, this same Creator God, takes knowledge of us – He thinks about us! “LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of Him! Or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!” [Psalms 144:3] Seeing that we have such a glorious God, how should we react? What does this aspect of Jesus’ glory reveal to you? Does it produce any emotion, any joy, any action, etc.?
- Reflect: If Jesus was so willing, so joyful, in His sacrifice, in order to save us and thereby glorify His Father, how much more ought we to seek God’s glory? Make no mistake, God loves us intensely and zealously; but make no mistake yet again, God did not do this for us – He did it for Himself. Therefore, if God is so zealous for His glory, to go to such lengths, ought not we? “Even every one that is called by My Name: for I have created him for My glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” [Isaiah 43:7] And, “Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith The Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for Mine holy Name’s sake…” [Ezekiel 36:20a] Consider this: if you were God’s motivation for salvation, He would have trashed the project long ago. But praise God that we are not His motivation, but His motivation derives from something eternally steadfast and immoveable, something which is infinite in beauty and wisdom and blessedness: His very own Name and Glory.
- “When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man that Thou art mindful of him? And the son of man that thou visitest him?” [Psalms 8:3-4]
- “Ye are blessed of The LORD which made heaven and earth.” [Psalms 115:15]
- “My help cometh from The LORD, which made heaven and earth.” [Psalms 121:2]