Intro: Recently, the space shuttle Atlantis made its last voyage to space and after this there will be no more manned space flights. I believe God’s purpose in giving man the wisdom to send space ships to space and to the moon have been accomplished. I am really fascinated just looking at the heavenly bodies and how God created them. I have not experienced viewing the stars through the telescope used by astronomers but I had an experience seeing the beauty of God’s creation of the heavens from an island with no electricity and in total darkness around saw the night sky so clear. The stars were so awesome to behold, so many that it blew my mind wondering how many there are. Astronomers from Australia estimated the number of stars to be 70 sextillion, 70 plus 27 zeroes.
The best thing NASA accomplished is to put a giant telescope in space called “Hubble’ to see beyond what telescopes on earth are limited to reach. From space there is no obstruction to take clear photos and send back to earth pictures in their color. Through the mathematicians they are able to calculate distances and size of the different suns and planets. Consider this, the size of our sun is equivalent to a million earths put inside and the diameter of our sun is a million miles. Because of the “Hubble”, they have discovered a sun they named, B Y Canus Medjuris, the size of which is, you can put a billion of our sun inside it. Doesn’t that blow your mind?
And to think that the first matter created by God is earth. The sun, moon and stars were only created on the fourth day. Here’s what is revealed to us,
“God made two great lights – the greater to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning – the fourth day.” Gen. 1:16-19
The stars came like an after thought to decorate the sky to blow our minds when we see the greatness of God in His creation. Here’s what He says,
“Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.” Isa. 40:26
God said this to reveal Himself in comparison with those who make idols, who bow down and worship them as a representation of God.
“To whom, then, will you compare God? What image will you compare him to? …To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.” Isa. 40:18, 25
Then going back to His creation of the heavenly bodies, Scriptures says,
“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty his power; his understanding has no limit.” Ps. 147:4
There are about seven billion people on earth today, can God know them all, see and understand all they do? Comparing the earth and us to the stars how much power does God have? Yet, one day all the heavenly bodies will…
“All the stars of the heavens will be dissolved and the sky rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree.” Isa. 34:4
Was it hard for God to create the heavens and hard for Him to destroy?
“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” Heb. 11:3
Today, we will see the greatest of God’s work for man and in man?
Notice that there are 11 pronouns of “He,” “Him” and one “His” in this passage referring to one person? Without the mention of His name it is obvious that it speaks about Jesus Christ the Son of God because of the blood he shed on the cross. We know Him also to be the head of the church.
So when we refer to God in creation, what was the role of Jesus Christ?
This is a mystery to those who believe in the theory of “Evolution” that started with the Big Bang and then the evolving of living things from an amoeba, to an ape and finally becoming a human being, but not to us whom God has revealed through His Word. Evolution was made up and propagated by educated people who reject God as Creator so they would not be accountable to a higher being to judge them. This is the biggest lie. In the New Testament, God reveals to us who Jesus was and is and is to come.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life and that life was the light of men.” John 1:1-4
Who is this Word that was with God and was God from the beginning?
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
Unmistakably the Word is referring to God the Son, the second person in the Trinity who left heaven and took the body of a human to become like one of us. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of a virgin whose name was Mary. As human He took a man’s name, Jesus, the only Son of God. He is now back to His throne in heaven. What was His role in creation?
“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:4
“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.” Col. 1:16
Doesn’t this make God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ the Creator? But was He alone in the creation? The best way I can explain this is, like building a house. A good house has been well planned having three persons working together to accomplish the work. Here’s the illustration,
God the Father is the architect, the planner.
God the Son is the builder, the Maker, the Creator.
God the Holy Spirit is the inspector.
So, in the beginning this is how they carried out what was already planned.
“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from darkness.” Gen. 1:3-4
From just these two verses we see the Triune God working together.
God the Father gave the command addressed to the Word, God the Son.
God the Son carried out the command. He became the light.
God the Holy Spirit approved the light and separated light from darkness.
In the same way, God works to save sinners living in the darkness of sin through the Son of God who is the source of eternal life and light.
“The Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption the forgiveness of sins.” Col. 1:12-14
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.” Eph. 1:13
So, God the Son created all things both visible and the invisible. The spirits we do not see, like Satan, all the demons and angels are created by God before He created the heavens and the earth. Paul referred to Satan as,
“The ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” Eph. 2:2b
The spirits are in the air both the evil spirits and angels of God. Satan has dominion over those who are not yet born again and because of their sinful nature they follow his leading. Demons can also posses and enter those who are sold out to do evil things and those who play around with the occult.
But what did God the Son do after He created all things? Two thousand years ago, He left His throne in heaven and became a man. Our text says that, “He is the image of the invisible God.” The image here is not referring to his physical features as a man but the nature of God and His character. Doesn’t this blow your mind again that the God who created all things came down to His creation to be like one of them, a human being.
“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” Gal. 4:4-5
He obeyed God, His Father’s command and left heaven for a purpose.
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.” 1 Tim. 1:15
Jesus came to save those whom He created. Why because we all rebelled against God. Will He save all? And what will qualify those whom He will save? The only qualification for those He will save is that they admit and see themselves as sinners realizing their greatest need the salvation of their soul. Those who think they are not that bad but have done good things, because they follow this and that religion and believe in God and deserve to be saved from going to hell, have disqualified themselves.
Just as I cannot fathom the greatness of God in His creation, I also cannot fathom the God who created all things would die in my behalf in order to save me from going to hell and escape God’s just punishment for my sins.
So how does God work this out to save sinners from going to hell? Just as in creation, there is the architect, one who plans things beforehand.
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” Eph. 1:4
Those He has chosen, He gives to His Son,
“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away”… “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:37,44
Those God the Father has given to His Son, Christ Jesus saves,
“For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.” John 17:2
“Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him because he always lives to intercede for them.” Heb. 7:25
Then the Holy Spirit authenticates and guarantees their redemption.
“The promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.” Eph. 1:13c-14
And together the Triune God works out the salvation of every sinner resulting in creating them into new creatures.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Cor. 5:17-18
As a new creation in Christ they are to do as commanded by their Lord.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do.” Eph. 2:10
What moved God to save undeserving sinners, why and for what purpose? “In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace which he has given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”Eph. 1:5-8
Those who have already been saved and made into a new creation, you are in Him, “and in him all things hold together.” If Jesus can hold everything above the earth together, keeping the stars from colliding at each other, maintaining the heat of the sun and keeping that great ball of fire, B Y Canus Medjuris a billion times bigger than our sun, kept hanging in place in space, how much more those whom Jesus saved by His death not be held together safely in Him in His hand. How great is it for God to make the old, new?
How great Thou art, O God to save sinners such as I and change my heart of stone to a heart of flesh by your grace, which You willed to forgive according to your pleasure and will all because of the sacrificial death of Your Son who ought to be Supreme to every one He has saved. He is Lord.
You may be here today and have not yet been saved made into a new creation. Do you sense God is drawing you to His Son and convicted by the Holy Spirit of your greatest need, the salvation of your soul? Then believe this good news.
“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” 1 Cor. 15:3-4
If you believe this and make this personal that Christ died for your sins, then turn to Jesus by repenting and turning away from all your sins. Surrender them all to Jesus and ask for His forgiveness. Then receive Him into your heart as your Lord and Savior. This is God’s invitation and He is waiting for you to respond. Come to Jesus.