Connecting the Good News to Creation

Connecting the Good News
To Creation
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
March 19th, 2017
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Connecting the Good News of Jesus to Creation
We are connecting the good news of Jesus Christ to the entire Bible in this series.   And the story we are going to look at today is the story of Creation (Genesis 1-2).

1. Why is it important to study Creation? 

a. It establishes God’s Power and authority – 
If God created the world, then it means that He has power over it.  Think of it this way…if an author is writing a book, then the author has created everything in that book…and therefore, has full and complete control of everything in that book.  If he wants something different, he just writes it and God has authored (He has created) this universe and therefore has full and complete control of it.

So the first reason Creation is important is because it establishes God’s power and authority over all creation.

b. It establishes God’s intention. 
Why did God create mankind and the universe?

We get a couple of clues from chapters 2 and 3
The first clue comes from Genesis 2:27
So God created man in His own image;
He created him in the image of God;
He created them male and female.

This is our first indication that God created us to fill the roll of His children.  Just as we are images of our parents, that is to say that our parents can be seen in us, both physically as well as in our habits and mannerisms…God should be able to be seen in us as His children.  Not in a physical way, but spiritually.  Keep in mind that God is not describe in scriptures in a physical way, but rather in terms such as love and goodness.

The second clue to why God created us and the universe comes from Genesis 3:8-9
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

The image that we see here, is that God is in the garden, to enjoy the evening breeze and to spend time with His creations…  Sounds like a pretty enjoyable time if you ask me.  And the notion we get here is that this world and mankind were created for God’s enjoyment is confirmed in many places in scriptures by my favorites are Colossians 1:16 and Revelation 21:3.

This is the ultimate purpose of humanity and the world, for God to live with us and to be our God.   He created the universe for His own enjoyment and He created us to fill the role of children.

c. It establishes what life looked like before sin…
And therefore, what we hope to return to one day… a life where He lives among us and with us and He is our God and we are his people.  When God created the heavens and the earth and mankind, they were all perfect.  And this is what we hope to be restored to.

2. Where are we in the story of creation?
a. We are in Genesis 2:7
Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being. 

This is the very moment in Creation when God wrote the code of DNA.  Human DNA is the building block for all of mankind.  It contains the code that we all must have in order to have life.  It is the blueprint of our life.  And here is the moment God wrote that code.  At that time, it was a perfect code.  This is to say that Adam and Eve had no birth defects, no genetic disorders, no glasses, no allergies, nothing…their DNA code was perfect…and is the code you and I were meant to have.

b. We are His creation
Genesis 1:26
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.

Why is this important? The fact that He created us, means we are His.  In other words, we didn’t exist along side Him and then He created the earth for us.  It means that He created us for a reason and that means we need look to Him for our purpose and our role in life.

3. Where we find Christ in the story of creation? 
a. He was there.
According to John 1:1-3 and Colossians 1:16 everything that was created, was created through Him.

b.  He is the only one who can save us.
If He was the one who created us, then He is the only one who can fix us…or save us. Or in other words, he can restore us to original design.

c. He is at the center
If we think of restoration as getting back to the beginning, that means we go in a circle and in the center of that circle Jesus.  When Jesus is at the center, it leads to restoration and when He isn’t it leads to sin.  If the focus of our life is our family, our job, our happiness or anything other than Jesus, then it will lead back to sin and destruction.  We must have Jesus as the center of our life.

The truth of the matter is, Jesus is at the center of all creation and He should be the center of our life. 

Is Jesus the center of your life?


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