Last week we looked at the first chapter of John:
In the beginning was the word …… through him all things were made …….. In him was life and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.
Let’s take a closer look. Everything I need to know about Jesus is contained in the 6 words “through him all things were made”. He didn’t make anything himself. God created everything, but he did it all through Christ.
When I come to God, I do it through Christ. When I speak with him in prayer, it is through Christ. Jesus said, “I am the gate” (John 10:9). When I become his child, it is through this gate that I enter God’s kingdom. In Matthew 7 he says, “knock and the door will be opened to you”. When I seek Jesus, he takes me in, never neglecting me. God sees me in him and thus my entire relationship with the Father is through Christ. Through him, all that I am is being made.
Earlier, we asked the question of how the Holy Spirit, who can not be in the presence of sin, can enter our hearts, while they are still filled with sin, to show us our need of a savior. Here we have a partial answer. When we express faith in Christ, knock on the door that is Christ himself, seeking salvation, he opens and the Spirit is there to greet us. Jesus has already taken on our sin and cancelled it through his death. In Him, we are pure and receive full communion with the Spirit and with the Father. This is obviously just one piece of the answer to our question, but it is an amazing piece of God’s plan of grace.
It is by grace that we are saved. When Adam fell, the evil one thought that darkness had blotted out the light and created an insurmountable barrier between God and his creation, but God had the plan of Grace already prepared to overcome this barrier. He had created everything (and every one of us) through Christ, rather than just acting himself. When Christ was crucified, the evil one thought that God’s plan to save his creation had been thwarted, but God’s overwhelming plan of grace was being fulfilled. I stand in awe of the master planner of grace.