“All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” John i.3
Many Christians do not associate Jesus Christ with the creation of the universe. Genesis i.1 is so embedded in our minds that we, like Jews, declare that, in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. This is why the progressive revelation of God that comes to us through the apostle John is relevant and significant. John i.3 adds to the divine revelation in Genesis i.1. John sought to convince especially his Jewish readers that the man Jesus was not only eternally divine but also an active Participant in creation.
We see Jesus the Creator in several of John’s carefully selected narratives. The turning of water into fine wine, the multiplication of bread and fish, the calming of the stormy Sea of Galilee, Jesus’ ability to walk on water, et cetera, show the Nazarene’s unique authority over creation. However, there are two scenes that remind us of the original creation narrative in Genesis.
When Jesus restored sight to a man who was born blind, he spat on the ground, made clay and applied it on the man’s eyes (ix.6). While reading this passage, which Jew or Christian wouldn’t be reminded of God’s unique creation of man? God made Adam out of the dust of the earth. Jesus’ unique method of healing the blind man must have been a re-enactment of the original creation of the human eye!
The second scene is found in John xx.22. After His resurrection, Jesus appeared among his disciples. While commissioning them for missionary work, Jesus blew on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” He transformed his small group of eleven disciples into the nucleus of the global church. The newly formed Church, the bride of Christ, was thus animated by the Holy Spirit just as Adam’s body was animated by the breath of God.
These narratives highlight Jesus as the Creator who is worthy of our worship and obedience. These also tell us that Jesus took the creation narrative in Genesis quite literally — unlike many Christians who consider the first eleven chapters of the Bible as a myth. The first man and woman were indeed fashioned by Jesus’ hands. “Nothing—not one thing!— came into being without him.” (MSG) Adam and Eve did not inherit their bodies from other living creatures through ‘evolution.’ Adam’s and Eve’s “hand made” clay bodies were animated by God’s breath and they became living souls. Any other theory of human origin is an affront to the Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel. Those who accept Jesus as their Saviour should also accept Him as their Creator.
John’s Gospel wasn’t written to counter today’s evolutionists. He must have been refuting the Gnostic and Greek view that a good and holy God could never have created the lowly physical world. Even Christians of those days were carried away by vain philosophies that despised the human body, the created order and marriage. If Jesus indeed created everything, then everything seen and unseen is holy. Asceticism and enforced celibacy have no place in a Christian world view. Similarly, there is nothing natural about the “natural” world. Our bodies and everything around us are sacred reminders of Jesus’ power and glory.
The Gospels also remind us of Jesus’ humility. In spite of being the Creator of all things, Jesus was gentle with people around Him. He taught from the Jewish scriptures. He also used the ‘textbook’ of His creation when He spoke about sparrows, the lilies, the mustard seed, vineyards, the true vine, and sheep. He referred to things that his audience were familiar with. He never overwhelmed his disciples with lectures on the chemistry of turning water into wine or the physics behind His ability to walk on water. He knew every secret of the Universe. And yet, His critics counted Him as an unschooled rabbi. Today’s skeptics too pitch their feeble science against His claims without realizing that Jesus Christ is the mastermind and Creator of everything.