“In the Beginning”

The Old Testament and the New Covenant   Part 6

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).

I don’t think that it is an accident of translation that the first verse in the Bible and the start of John’s gospel begin with the very same phrase, “In the beginning.”  At the very birth of creation, God was there and at the very birth of creation, the Word was there.  Later in John’s opening chapter, the Word is identified as Jesus Himself.

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).  The bottom line?  Jesus was present from the very first verse of the Bible.

Paul writes the same thing in Colossians chapter 1, “For by Him [Jesus] all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17).  Jesus is both the creator and the sustainer of His creation.

As we begin this journey of seeing Christ in the Old Testament, let us start at the very beginning.

Jesus was present at the creation of the world, because Jesus was there from the beginning!

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