Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
Jesus Speaks, Creation Happens
Last week we focused our attention on God’s creative nature. The first sentence of the Bible indicates that God wants us to know that He is the source of all creation; “In the beginning God created.” Colossians 1:16 speaking of Jesus says that, “all things were created by Him and for Him.” All things represent everything physical and spiritual. Our focus this week will be on how God creates.
Words are essential to life. When you drive down the road it is very important that you obey stop signs, turn signals, construction signs and other forms of guidance in the form of words that exist to help you safely commute. The best instructions on how to put together something involve clear language. Your thoughts are most likely words. The examples are endless but you get the point that words are essential to life. Most importantly when God speaks things are created.
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. Seven times in the first chapter of Genesis we read “Then God said.” This phrase was followed by a command to create. While God was having a week long conversation things were just popping into existence by His Word; light, an expanse, dry land, vegetation, fruit trees, the sun, the moon, the stars, water creatures, land animals and man. God spoke and things came into existence.
Jesus speaks and people live. In John chapter 11 we have the account of the death of Lazarus. I like this example because Jesus does not get out the paddles and shock Lazarus back to life. He did not perform mouth to mouth CPR or open heart surgery. He simply spoke. John 11:43 says, “He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” Lazarus walked out of the tomb as Jesus commanded Him to do so. Jesus spoke and life happened.
Jesus speaks and nature obeys. Mark 4:39 reads, “And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.” Not even a ripple! His disciples might have been afraid when the sea was crashing and the boat was filling with water but they were just as afraid after Jesus commanded nature to “be still.” One second they are being thrashed around and the next it is “perfectly calm” as if nothing had been happening. Jesus created calmness by speaking to the wind and the sea.
Jesus speaks spiritual life into a believer. Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” When a person comes to saving faith it is because of the preaching of the word of Christ. Some heard the Gospel through a tract, some spoke to a friend, some were reading their Bibles, others went to a church service or maybe someone heard the word of Christ through a radio program. Most importantly is that you heard the word of Christ, believed He is God in human flesh who came to take your sin away and began to follow Him. 2 Peter 1:3 says, “Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” God opened our spiritual eyes to behold Christ’s glory and excellence through the word of Christ. Jesus speaks and spiritual life is created!
Jesus speaks and physical life is created. Nature obeys the words of Christ perfectly. He speaks and spiritual life is created. Let’s praise God for causing us to be drawn to Him by His glory and excellence, through the word of Christ, our Creator and Redeemer!