The Bible begins with Genesis 1:1:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The implications of this simple statement are staggering. There was nothing and then God created everything. The God of the Bible is the Creator of all things. There is a purposeful design behind the universe and everything in it. God has the power to create everything from nothing.
Stop right there on that last one. Noted theological giant R.C. Sproul points out in The Holiness of God that every artist that every existed created their art from something. The painter has a palette and paint. The sculptor has his or her medium. The chef has food. The writer has writing instrument and something to receive that writing. When we create or build something new, we are still starting from something. The carpenter starts with wood. The greatest carpenters in the world may be able to use certain types of joints to secure their creations without nails, but there can be no creation at all if there is no wood. Yet that’s what God started with: nothing. And from it He created everything.
So when He says He has the power to save us from our sins, who are we to question Him? When He says He will forgive us and redeem us, what position of authority do we have to stand on to challenge Him? Sure, we can challenge Him, but it’s not with any authority. A two year-old can tell her daddy that boys don’t exist, but she doesn’t say it with any authority. In fact, the very existence of her daddy proves that boys do exist. And so too does our existence prove the power of God. We were created by Him from nothing!
Stop and think about that for a minute. We were created. The one who can make everything from nothing created us. And He created us to be in fellowship with Him. This same Creator sent His own Son to die on a Cross when our ancestor, Adam, made a royal mess of things by disobeying the God who can create everything from nothing! And we have carried on in the grand tradition of our patriarch by making a mess of things, too, by our continual disobedience. Yet God’s Son still went to the Cross to redeem us. The Creator died for His creation. Think about that for a moment. That’s right, the God spoken of in John 1:1 died for those whom He created:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Jesus is the living Word. He is God. And God has the power to create everything from nothing. So when we trust our eternal life to Him, we cannot put it in the hands of anyone greater in power. And the sacrifice of His own Son proves we cannot put our eternal destination in the hands of anyone who cares more about us than God Himself.
The foundation of our hope and faith starts with the knowledge that He who calls us is the Creator. There is nothing and no one greater than He. There is no one equal to Him or even close to measuring up to His greatness. There is God and then everything else, for everything else was created by Him. As you start the New Year, think about the fact that this all powerful Creator God created me and you. And that this Creator God loved us so much that while we were yet His enemy (Romans 5:10), He went to the Cross as an atoning and permanent sacrifice for our sins. As you start the New Year, meditate on the implications of Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 as they apply to us as God’s creation. I don’t know about you, but thinking about what they mean toward me absolutely humbles me and causes me to cry out in the words of the psalmist, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it.” (Psalm 139:6, NASB)