How does the Holy Spirit engage with us?
Whose hands flung stars into space?
As we found out last week, the Word of God, the Memra, is the means whereby God created the Universe. This idea is even re-inforced in the Psalms:
"By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth." (Psalm 33:6).
When John introduced the idea of Jesus as the Word of God, this was not as alien to the Jews of his day as we are led to believe. Some have even suggested that John pinched his ideas from the Greek philosophy of the day, forgetting that he was just a poor Jewish fisherman and the only reason he was able to write such monumental passages of Scripture as his Gospel, his letters and the Revelation of Jesus Christ, was through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Unless, of course, you believe the Holy Spirit borrowed his ideas from the Greeks!
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." (John 1:1)
First Century Jews would read the first Chapter of John's Gospel and immediately recognize Jesus as the memra.
So Jesus, the Memra, was the means by which the Universe was created. He's not only our Saviour and Deliverer and future King, but he also put the whole thing together in the first place. In case you're still not sure about this, let's read from Paul's letter to the Colossians, speaking about Jesus:
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." (Colossians 1:15-17)
The first few words here confirm our developing theme of Jesus being the physical manifestation of God, the aspect of God concerned with the dirt and the grime of the World. God is spirit and invisible, but Jesus is very visible, his very image was seen by many over a 30 year life span in the First Century. Yet ...
"Hands that flung stars into space, to cruel nails surrendered ..." (The Servant King, Graham Kendrick)
We have been brought up with an image of Jesus, whether through paintings, icons or the medium of the cinema. Now try to imagine Robert Powell or Jim Caviezel alongside God at the creation, flinging stars into space. It's just too much to imagine for our puny mortal brains. Didn't God say, in the Book of Job, "where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?" (Job 38:4).
There are some things that we just have to take God's words for. I'm happy with that, I'm quite willing to take my Almighty Creator on trust that He created the Universe in the way that he did and that, if that was through the very same Jesus who died for me, a broken and bloodied First Century Jew, then it just makes me love him even more and helps me to appreciate more fully the sacrifice he made for me.