I remember when I learned that Jesus was there at creation – my mind was blown. You understand why there are plural pronouns in the creation account in Gen. 1:26. You see it clearly in John 1 that Jesus was a big part of the start of this world. Colossians 1:16 becomes like a bright and shining star. And in, Hebrews 1:2 it is pretty clear I was missing out on something special. Jesus was THERE before creation, during creation, and will be there after the created world perishes
Every year at Thanksgiving – my wife hopes that I will show up in a different sweater. But the last 10 years, I have worn the same sweater. Each year, I faithfully wear that brown & orange argyle piece of art. To my wife, it makes little sense to show up in that ugly, old, and tattered the sweater year after year. With the choice of a new sweater vs. one that by most accounts is hideous, it should be an easy choice.
In Hebrews 1:10-12, we find a comparison of the Creator (Jesus) vs. Creation – after we review this, the choice should be easy…
|Just the Beginning||End is Near|
Do me a favor and look at these lists. Which do you want to follow? Which list do you want to be a part of? Which list wins? Which list is better?
It’s an easy choice. You’d rather have the creator, unchangeable, eternal, and beginning of an incredible future…instead of an old, headed for death, ending soon creation. Easy choice? Then why do we constantly make the wrong choice. We choose creation all the time over the Creator. We choose the ugly, wrinkled, old sweater…We choose money over the joy of giving. We choose lust, pride, and anger over purity, humility & grace. We choose to love the things of this world instead of putting our treasures in heaven. We choose wrong all the time – and we put a list like this, side by side, and puts our hearts to shame.
It’s an easy choice…that we make WAY too hard. When we get the creature (US) and the creator (Jesus) mixed up…our life gets messed up. We do things on our own – w/out the counsel of Scripture. We rely on our own strength and we fail in our weakness – it’s why we ARGUE (our way seems beset), why we FIGHT (our way was violated) and why we GET DOWN (our way wasn’t chosen).
I can remember in high school. We had soccer practice in the rain, and to end practice we decided to slide through the mud. I thought it was a good idea…until I got home. My mom, and rightfully so, would not let me in the house. You’ve been there – your mom looked at your clothes and said “Yeah that stain’s not coming out.” The shirt gets rolled up and tossed…she says “Go take a shower and change into something new”.
This world we live in – it’s like those clothes. It’s dirty. It’s full of sin. Just turn on the news for 5 seconds and you are reminded we live in a fallen world. Sin has tainted its beauty and innocence that were part of it during creation week, only to be robbed of its purity in the Garden.
But Jesus – one day will roll it up, toss it aside and lay out a new one…without the dirt, the pain, the suffering…everything will be made new. What a day that will be.
(You can listen to the entire sermon here – click on 1/28/2018 sermon)