Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
I can grasp Jesus in a manger, a sweet baby lying peacefully in a feeding trough. I can close my eyes and imagine Him teaching the crowds from a boat rocking gently on the Sea of Galilee. In my mind I can see Him walking the dusty roads through Israel and making the rocky ascent from Jericho to Jerusalem. Then John hits me with today’s verse. In order to see Jesus in action, I have to go all the way back to creation.
Jesus is the Creator. He made all things. Apart from His creative power nothing exists. Everything is covered with His fingerprints. His unique signature is found on everything, from the subatomic particles to vast galaxies. Matthew Henry writes, “This proves the excellency of the Christian religion, that the author and founder of it is the same that was the author and founder of the world.”
Jesus, the Creator, is now the re-creator. He can put meaning into your formless life. He can fill the void cut into your heart by sin’s powerful flow through humanity. Are you stumbling around in the darkness? Confused? Without purpose? The same Creator who said “Let there be light” is the Light that illuminates the path to God. The Founder is the Forgiver. Let Him re-create your life.
Have you allowed Jesus to re-create your life? If not, let this prayer be your guide.
Jesus, I feel like the world before creation — formless, void and dark. I know that I am a sinner and my sin has led me away from You. I know that I cannot release myself from sin’s power or turn my path back to You. I need Your re-creation. Cleanse my heart and make it new. Turn my heart of stone into a heart that beats for You. Forgive me. Restore me. I acknowledge that You paid for my sins on the cross. I accept Your payment as my own. Thank You for shining Your light onto my darkened heart. In Your name I pray. Amen.
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