Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:3
When you think of Jesus, you may not immediately think of the Creator of the universe. Yet, John in his Gospel established Jesus’ identity as absolute Creator. As John described Jesus’ role in Creation, his readers would think back to the beginning of the Bible, Genesis 1, when God by his word created the everything from nothing.
“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3, NIV)
The psalmist continues the theme as the Word of God as creator:
“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” (Psalm 33:6, NIV)
In Hebrews, God revealed himself through his Son, the Creator of the worlds:
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1–2, NIV)
Paul further declares the role of Jesus in creation:
“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16, NIV)
“yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” (1 Corinthians 8:6, NIV)
Beyond the initial creation of the world, John states that Jesus is also responsible for all that was made since then. He says, “without him nothing was made that has been made”. Jesus alludes to this when he tells his disciples that nothing can be done without him.
““I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5, NIV)
Baby Jesus, born in a stable and then wrapped in simple cloths, was the one who created all things. He was God himself, coming into the world he created for mankind. Jesus the Almighty Creator, took the form of a man and came to earth so that our sins would be forgiven and we could have a relationship with God the Father. What love was seen in that crude manger in the barn!
Yes, there is mystery to the trinity of God, three distinct persons in one God. Yet John wants us to understand that Jesus with God the Father played an important role in creation. This is one more way that John establishes the divinity of Jesus for his audience.
As you enjoy the beauty of nature this Christmas season, give praise to Jesus for his Creation.