The Whole Congregation Reading the Whole Bible
Read Genesis 1:1-25
God’s gospel story starts at the very beginning, when there was nothing at all. Nothing at all is hard for us to understand because we have to start with something when we create. But God didn’t start with light, or the clay of the earth, or even invisible air. God started with nothing at all. God spoke into the nothingness and created the heavens and the earth.
Think about it: Reading through each of the days of creation, imagine what it would have been like to watch God create all of these things out of nothing. Which would have been most exciting to watch?
Pray about it: As you go through today, look, see, smell and touch the created things around you. Praise the Lord for His creation.
Read John 1:1-17
The Gospel of John shows us Genesis with more light. Compare John 1:1 with Genesis 1:1. He shows us that Christ was there! What does John call Jesus? He calls Jesus “the Word”. The Holy Spirit reinforces Jesus as the Word in creation in Hebrews 11:3: “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word (Logos) of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” So, When God said, “Let there be light.” Christ was the Word that created it.
Think about it: When God is about to do something, He starts speaking. Think on what has Christ been speaking to you lately? What promises or commands are before you?
Pray about it: Thank God for what He is speaking to you. Thank Jesus for what He is speaking into being.
Read Colossians 1:15-19
He is the image of the invisible God. We see logos everywhere we turn: the green mermaid of Starbucks, the red bull’s eye of Target, the swoosh of Nike. They all represent the heart of the company. Christ is the Logos of God. If you want to know what God looks like, look at Christ. He is the image of the invisible God. Colossians shows us that He is Creator and as Creator, He owns everything. He is over all.
Think about it: Verse seventeen says He “holds all things together.” Why doesn’t the moon fall apart? How does the earth stay in one place? What is He holding together in your life?
Pray about it: Thank Him for His perfect control and sustaining power.
Read Hebrews 1
He is pre-existent. That is, He was before He made the worlds (1). His throne is forever and ever (9). He is greater than the angels because He is eternal God (5). He was “born” into the world as the Son of Man, both fully human and fully God. But make no mistake about it; He existed before He was born. The word “firstborn”, as in yesterday’s Colossians 1:15, is a title that indicates supremacy of rank. (David was called “firstborn” in Psalm 89:27, but he was the youngest of his brothers.) Jesus is eternal, pre-existent and First over all.
Think about it: Verses 11-12 tell us that this creation of the earth and the heavens will be folded up like a worn-out garment and changed. What will make you happiest about the new world that is coming?
Pray about it: Think of Christ before and beyond His three-year earthly ministry. Be in awe of His reigning power now and His reigning power to come.
This is the day where we look at a Psalm or one of the Prophets in the Old Testament to see what we can learn about Christ and His place in our weekly reading.
One need only to open his eyes and see the majestic creation and he will see a majestic God. Seemingly thoughtful people question God's existence. But we ask them this question, "Do you believe that everything was created by nothing?" For that would be a scientific impossibility.
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that men are without excuse,” (Romans 1:20)
Think about it: God made everything on land, sky and under the sea. With everything so big and expansive, why does God think about small people like us?
Pray about it: Praise Him for His greatness and let your pride be rightly reduced. Praise Him for his bigness and plead your smallness.