Genesis 1:1--In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Genesis 1:1 is the first sentence of the Bible. While it is very simple and short, there is a lot of information in this single sentence. This verse is a declarative sentence, which simply means that it states something, instead of giving a command (imperative) or asking a question (interrogative). It also contains a prepositional phrase at the beginning. I want to look at these two facts about this verse and extrapolate some wonderful truths from them. They're there; you just have to think about it.
Genesis 1:1 is a simple statement. It declares that "God created the heaven and the earth." From this we can see many things. God created everything; without God, nothing would exist. God is supremely powerful. For God to have created everything from nothing would take power beyond the limits of our imaginations. God is greater than everything. No matter what awesome things we find in creation, the Creator will always be superior. So what are some implications of this? Well, God is Lord over all. Since He created everything, He is the Ruler over all of it, and nothing will ever change that. God also has the right to do whatever He wants with His creation. Since He created everything, He owns it and is just in doing what He wants with it or allowing things to happen to it. Praise Him that He is always just and righteous! Furthermore, God deserves every person's wholehearted commitment and devotion. He is the One Who gave you life, Who sustains you every day, Who gives you every breath you breathe. He is worthy to be praised, worshiped, and adored by every heart! In addition to this, we are completely dependent on God. If everything came from Him and He is in control of everything, then we are completely dependent on Him for everything we have and do, whether we like it or not. There are probably more things that could be listed, but these are just some that came to mind.
Now let's look at that prepositional phrase, "in the beginning." This phrase denotes God's relation to time when He created everything (it would be hard to give His location since there were no locations yet). This beginning is not the beginning of a story or a book or a movie. This is the literal beginning of space and time, of everything--except God. For God to have existed and committed the act of creation "in the beginning," He would have to have existed before the beginning. This means God is eternal. He is the ageless Ancient of Days. This is a wonderful truth about God, but it is one of the things about Him that our finite human minds simply cannot comprehend.
That God is eternal is a great thing to remember around Christmas, when we think about Jesus being born. Jesus is God, which means He is eternal. His time didn't begin when He was born in Bethlehem; He has always existed in fellowship with the Father and always will. How wonderful our Savior is! He is not just a man, but He is God also, eternal and infinite, yet somehow compressed into the confines of a human body. This is another great mystery that our minds cannot understand. How could God, Whom the heavens of heavens cannot contain, fit into a human body? How could the infinite, eternal One restrain Himself to the limits of time? How could the omnipresent One keep Himself in one place? The only answer is because He is God, and somehow He can do that. Jesus is God, and that's why He, and He alone, can save you from your sins. And to save you from your sins is the reason He came to earth.
Now the question arises: Has he saved you from your sins? Do you have Jesus in your heart and a right relationship with your Creator? There is only one way, and that is through the blood Jesus shed for you on the cross. If you don't know Jesus as Lord and Savior, if your broken relationship with God hasn't been fixed, if you don't know for sure you're going to Heaven when you die, that can all be settled right now. Don't put it off another moment. Click the Salvation tab above for more information.
I hope this Christmas you pause and reflect on how great God is, meditate on the immense humbling He went through in order to come to earth, and praise Him for His greatness and wonderful works. Thank you for reading. God bless you as you wholeheartedly seek to draw closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! All glory be to God!