For the next four weeks in the Mid-High we’re doing a series called “unJesus.” We’re looking at characteristics of Jesus that start with “un-.” A lot of the inspiration for this came from S.M. Lockridge’s spontaneous prayer, seen below. More notes after the jump.
We started with Jesus: the unCreated Creator. And we have to begin where the Bible begins…in John 1:1-4:
“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.”
WHAT DID HE MAKE?
According to Genesis 1, He separated Light from Dark on Day 1, He separated the waters (creating the atmosphere) on Day 2, He separated dry land from water on Day 3, He created light producers on Day 4, He filled the oceans and the air with all marine life and all winged life on Day 5, He filled the land with animals and man on Day 6, and on Day 7 he rested because, according to Genesis 2:1 “The heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.”
What we see here is Jesus has a role in creation. He was not created. He was involved in the creating. Jesus is the one who gave life at the beginning and gives life still.
- Go back to John 1:4 “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.”
- Acts 17.28 says “For in him [Jesus] we live and move and have our being.”
- Colossians 1.17 says “He [Jesus] is before all things and in him [Jesus] all things hold together.”
WHAT HAPPENED TO WHAT HE MADE?
Romans 8.20-21 says “For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation iself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.”
What this is saying is creation is destined to fail. Created things will decay and disappear. Not because the Creator messed up, but because we did. This happened because Adam and Eve sinned (Genesis 3.6-7). Things are broken because of sin. Romans 5.12 says “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man [Adam], and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned –“
So creation is broken. Sin happened a few paragraphs into the Bible and the whole universe fractured. Now, it’s groaning, it’s decaying, it’s ruled by death because of sin. If Jesus was created, He would be affected by this. Would you worship a man who will fail? Who will decay and die just like the rest of us?
WHY DOES IT MATTER THAT HE WASN’T MADE?
If Jesus was created, He could have been corrupted. Why? Because of what Romans 8.20-21 says “For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.” AND remember Romans 5.12 “Just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned”
That means if Jesus was created, He would be destined to fail.
If Jesus was created, He would be ruled by sin and death.
If Jesus was created, He would have been corrupted.
See, Satan is a murderer and TRIED to corrupt Jesus. Satan tried to tempt Jesus, but Jesus overcame the temptation. Satan tried to kill Jesus, but Jesus overcame the grave. Jesus overcame temptation (which leads to sin) and He overcame death (which is the result of sin). If Jesus was created He could have done neither. But Jesus is the unCreated Creator. And because we are created, we are going to sin and we are going to die.
HOW DO WE RESPOND TO THIS?
Remember, creation is destined to fail BECAUSE Creation is ruled by sin and death. That is our fate as created beings. BUT Jesus, the unCreated Creator also became the unDeserving Debtor. And we’ll see what that means next week.