We know from the Bible’s very first verse that God is the Creator of heaven and earth. But what about Jesus? What does He have to do with creation?
While the Old Testament is filled with prophecies and hints about the coming Messiah, we don’t get to meet Jesus personally until the New Testament. The four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John introduce Him to us.
But just because He doesn’t appear in the Bible as Jesus until two-thirds of the way through doesn’t mean He hasn’t been involved in our world—and even the universe—since the beginning!
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Let’s take a look at some key verses that talk about Him as Creator along with God the Father:
The New Testament is Clear
One of the clearest is at the beginning of John’s gospel:
John 1:1-3 —“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
The Greek word used there is logos. It means speech or a statement. A word. John is saying that Jesus is The Word.
“He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.”
Remember, back in Genesis 1 it tells us that “God said…” God said, Let there be light. God said, Let there be creatures in the sea and in the air, and the rest. God SAID. And now here in John, it says Jesus IS the Word [logos].
Somehow everything was created simply through the Logos of God. The Word of God. John calls that Word Jesus.
“All things were created through Him.” Jesus was there with the Father at the beginning during the six days of Creation.
John 1:10 says: “He was in the world, and the world was created through Him, yet the world did not recognize Him.”
“The world was created through Him.” That’s pretty clear!
And Jesus Holds It All Together
Colossians 1:16-17 says: “For everything was created by Him [Jesus], in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.” (We can see back to verses 13-14 that Paul is talking about Jesus here.)
Hebrews 1:2-3—“In these last days, He [God] has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word.…”
This time the Greek for word is rhéma which means something spoken. An utterance.
So the universe and everything in it wasn’t just made through Him but it’s sustained or held together by Him.
Creator = Authority
The natural conclusion made in the Bible about God/Jesus as Creator of heaven and earth is that being Creator also means being the ultimate authority.
Here are a few verses that enforce that idea:
1 Cor 10:26—“For the earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it.”
(Lord here is the Greek word Kurios. It’s used throughout the New Testament for both God and Jesus.)
Because the Lord Jesus is the Creator of the earth, He’s also the Lord of the earth, and all that’s in it—including you and me.
Here’s another one:
Ephesians 2:10—“For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.”
Isn’t that cool? We’ve been created for a reason! For good works in Jesus.
And here’s a story that really spells out His authority over the natural world in a pretty dramatic way:
It’s when Jesus’ disciples were in the boat crossing the Sea of Galilee in the middle of the night and a storm came up. Jesus walks ON the water. He has authority over the water! And once He’s in the boat with them, He rebukes the wind and the sea and they immediately calm down. Mark 4:41 says:
“And they were terrified and asked one another, “Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
Jesus had authority over the wind and sea because He created them!
First, He can walk on the water He created, and then He can command it to calm down, along with the wind that He also created.
Why Is This Important?
Here are a couple of reasons why this is important.
We live in a society that’s saturated with naturalism and materialism. Schools, universities, the media and secular science all teach that everything we see came about through random, natural processes over billions of years.
Materialism says that nothing outside of our five senses is real—nothing other than physical matter.
But this isn’t what the Bible teaches.
A biblical worldview embraces a spiritual dimension: God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, angels and demons. The Bible teaches there was an outside cause for everything we see, and that cause is God and the god-man Jesus.
How do we know which worldview to believe?
How about the one with the most evidence to support it?
Did you know that the more scientists learn about biology, geology, space, chemistry and physics the more the evidence points to a complex, integrated, fine-tuned and highly-designed world?
Does that sound like random natural processes or a super-smart Designer?
If you hear “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” you might think it could’ve maybe come about randomly. Just a scattering of notes that happened to make a tune. But if you listen to a Beethoven symphony—no way! We know something that complex and fine-tuned (no pun intended) was created by a musical genius.
[See the video above for a demonstration of this!]
Here’s a page on our website that lists a bunch of science resources if you’d like to look into that further. It’s resources like these that have really helped me overcome doubts I’ve had in the past about what’s real and what isn’t.
So the first reason why it’s important to know Jesus as Creator is because it helps give our faith a solid foundation—especially because more and more evidence outside the Bible supports it.
How Are We Living?
The second reason why it’s important is this:
The Bible calls Jesus the “King of kings and Lord of lords.” Again, that has to do with authority. Remember, Mark said, “Even the wind and sea obey Him.”
Why did the wind and sea obey Him? Because He created them! They’re under His lordship. And guess what…He also created you and me.
Lots of people rebel against Jesus’ lordship. But part of being followers of Jesus is placing ourselves under His authority.
We obey those who have authority over us. And so if Jesus is Creator and has authority over His creation—including us—that should impact the way we live in a big way.
Do the choices we make every day honor Jesus, our Creator? Our time, our money, our attitudes, our words, our work ethic…are we living as if those are under His authority?