God the Father: Creation

John 1:1-14

Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father…

Please pray with me…

In the beginning, God…. The first four words of the Bible. These four words truly explain all of creation. At the very beginning of time, the dawn of creation, there was only God. And this God from the very beginning of time existed in three persons. Verse two of the Bible, “The earth was without form and void, and the darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” From John 1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…..And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” One God in trinity, co-equal and all eternal.

We’re starting a new series based on the teaching of Martin Luther regarding the Apostles’ Creed. In his Catechism, he has broken it down into three distinct articles. Article one expresses our faith in God the Father. Article two does the same for God the Son. Finally, article three deals with our belief in God the Holy Spirit. Three persons, one God who have existed from before time.

Our first article: “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.” Luther says this means that we “believe that God has made us and all creatures; that He has given us our bodies and souls, eyes, ears, and all our members, our reason and all our senses, and still takes care of them.

Martin says it means that He is the one who gives us our clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all we have. He richly and daily provides us with all that we need to support this body and life.

He defends us against all danger and guards and protects us from all evil.

And he does all of this only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in us. For all that is our duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him. This is most certainly true.”

It’s interesting to me that Luther chooses to put a tag on his explanation, “This is most certainly true.” It tells us that even in Luther’s time, people had trouble dealing with the truth so much that he had to remind them what was true. Since the beginning of time, things have remained the same. Adam and Eve didn’t trust God the Father and today, we struggle with it also. We make up our own truths to fit the God of our making. Yet, from the very beginning of time, there has only been one truth and that truth has always resided with our Father in heaven. The creator of all. Omnipotent, omnipresent, and forever our only God who knows all and works through all.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “I never behold (the heavens filled with stars) that I do not feel I am looking in the face of God. I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up, into the heavens and say there is no God.”

The first book of the Bible is all about beginnings. That’s what Genesis means. Here we witness the beginning of the world, the beginning of man, and the beginning of sin. Later this would lead us to read about the beginning of our sacrifice for sin. From the very beginning, God has continued to create man in His own image and from the beginning, we have tried to redefine that creation. Yet the love that caused Him to become the creator has never left us. He is as involved in His creation now as He was through the first six days of time.

Hebrews 1:10, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of Your hands; ”Those first four words of Scripture, “In the beginning, God,” are vitally important because they tell us who the creator is. They show us the author of life and the true owner of all things. The earth belongs to God because He designed it, He created it. We may play a part but God owns the stage. In fact, He owns the props, the makeup, the lines and even the actors.

Everything we enjoy here on earth is on loan to us from a loving God who claims ownership out of divine goodness and mercy. Everything we are or hope to be depends on the grace of a willing God who promises to show us the path to ultimate success, everlasting success.

A group of scientists got together and decided they no longer needed God, “We’ve decided we no longer need you,” They said. “We can do all kinds of things through science. We can even clone people and make body parts, so we just have no use for you anymore.”

Hearing this, God gave them a challenge. He said, “Let’s have a man making contest just like in the days of Adam.”

The scientists agreed and bent down to grab themselves handfuls of dirt.” God just smiled and said, “No, no, no – you get your own dirt.”

Everything is His from the smallest kernel of sand to the greatest redwood. It’s all God’s from the tiny atom to the largest of the stars. Once you figure that out, the truth of Scripture starts to make even more sense.

But to know the truth, you have to start with the Creator. If you follow this path, then you will soon come to know that without the Creator, nothing else matters. Nothing has a purpose. Nothing has real value beyond its earthly cost. IF YOU TAKE God out of the picture of life, you end up with an empty frame, a meaningless existence.

Without God, there is no meaning to life. Because it is the Father that creates value in this world and in us. Without the Creator, you’re left with nothing that has any real value to it in this world of sorrows. Everything you see is then nothing but a mere accident, a chance collection of atoms and molecules with no plan or purpose. This beginning that scientists are so eager to prove has no real value beyond its fortuitous collision.

But you put the Creator back into the picture and everything suddenly makes sense because now everything has a purpose and a value. With God as Creator everything has light and nothing is without worth.

Psalm 40:5, “You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and Your thoughts toward us; none can compare with You! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.”

Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Ephesians 2:10,”For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

In every chapter of every book of the Bible, God shows us that we have value and that we were created for a purpose. But if God isn’t part of our lives, all of that goes away and all we have left is emptiness and limitations.

Think about this from Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” So great was God’s love for us that He created us in His own image above all the beasts of the field to be caretaker of His creation.

Each and every one of you is a miracle with value and purpose. Each one of you are worth more money than the world could hold because each of you possess the likeness of God.

Unfortunately, too many only see what the world tells them to see. So many find no value in themselves. The world tells them they’re losers and they believe it. Bullies try to destroy you with their taunts and we start to think of ourselves the way they want us to. What you THINK you are shapes Who you become.

Yet, God’s creation is perfect. In His eyes, you have no flaws. In His eyes, He sees greatness in you and He hopes you find the potential He has built within you. He hopes you follow His path so that you can achieve all He has planned for you.

If you think you were born without a purpose, you couldn’t be more wrong. If you think you were born to lose, God begs to differ and He longs to show you just how wonderful your life could be.

God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.

That is our purpose. That is our commission. We are the caretakers of the world and in charge of God’s creation. No other part of all creation has been given this blessing. No one and nothing else has been given this great responsibility. Just you and I because to God, we have value.

I hope you see now how obvious God should be to the world. But if not, let me give you a few scientific facts.

The earth is in what’s called the “Goldilocks Zone.” It’s not too close to the sun and not too far away.

If the earth were 1 degree closer to the sun, we’d fry! If we were 1 degree further we’d freeze.

If the moon were any closer to the earth or any larger than it is, the tides would destroy the earth. If the moon were any smaller or further away, the oceans would die from a lack of nutrient movement.

If our distance from Jupiter were any greater, asteroids and comets would pepper the earth. If we were any closer our orbit would become unstable.

If earth’s gravity were any stronger, it would retain too much ammonia and methane for life. If it were any weaker, earth’s atmosphere would lose too much water and we wouldn’t have enough liquid to survive.

If the earth’s crust were any thicker, it would absorb too much of our oxygen and we wouldn’t be able to breathe. If it were any thinner; the earth would move and shake beneath our feet and would make life impossible.

If our oceans were half their present size, we’d only receive ¼ the rainfall we now enjoy. If they were just 1/8 larger, we’d get 4 times the annual participation we do now and our earth would become a vast, uninhabitable swamp.

Now, I could give you a thousand similarly astonishing facts about the earth that God created but this should be enough to show you that our loving God always had a plan for us…for you.

“He has done all this,” Luther says, “only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in us.” And for this  we owe our heavenly Father all we are for all His goodness and grace towards us. Luther says, “It’s our duty to Thank and praise, serve and obey Him.” Psalm 116:12, “What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me?”

He asks that in return you trust in Him by giving your all to Him. He asks you to look after His creation as the stewards of this good land He gave you. He asks you to surrender your hopes and dreams to Him so that He may lead you to your ultimate purpose in this life and the next. He asks for nothing less than everything you have to give. So, trust in your creator to perfect you. Lean on Him with every opportunity and trust Him to lead you to places you never dreamed you’d see. Amen.

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