In Jesus, all things were created and are being sustained by him. Whether you think the world was created billions of years ago or 4,000 years ago, the only thing that matters is the sustaining breath of God. In this sermon, Greg tackles some of the ways in which we can view the interaction of science and faith. He also shows the beauty of a God who sustains the smallest things in this world.
Creation was made by Christ, they were created for him, and he holds all things together. Whenever we talk about creation in an evangelical context, someone eventually brings up evolution. Many assume that since the world is created by God and humans are the image of God means that they have to deny evolution. When we affirm that Christ created everything and that humans are the image of God, we are ruling out the possibility that humans were created by randomness and chance mutations. Humans were created with a purpose. However, this doesn’t mean that God didn’t use evolution to create human beings. Any and all processes in this universe are usable by the hands of God in creating his creation.
Whatever your view on evolution or any other controversial topic, remember that the only tragedy would be rejecting Jesus based upon some understanding of a fringe topic. At the center of our faith is the person of Jesus Christ, and he alone sustains us and gives us truth.
The really beautiful part of this passage is when Paul talks about how in Christ “all things hold together.” Whether Christ created the universe 4,000 or 15 billion years ago, he didn’t just sit back and let things happen. Rather, Jesus played an integral role in sustaining and continuing the creation of this world. He still plays that role today. And any future scientific advance won’t deter from this belief. Even if scientists find the most basic of building blocks and can explain how everything came to be through a process, Christ still controls that process. Scientists may not understand this truth, but anyone touched by God’s love fully understands it.
Our world is like a puzzle. While it has many different pieces with different shapes and sizes, all the pieces are important. If you were to build a puzzle that is missing a piece, the puzzle wouldn’t make sense, and it would feel like a giant waste of time if you finish the puzzle and see that you’re missing a piece. Every piece has a purpose, no matter its size, shape, or place in the puzzle.
We are a piece in the puzzle of this world. Whether we’re the person preaching on the weekend or someone changing the diapers of our kids during the service, we are all important to the picture that God is creating in this world. Our lives can feel in disarray when we don’t live by this truth. If we think we need to be superstars in the church to matter, such as leading worship or working miracles, then we can feel like we don’t matter if we don’t do those things. This thought couldn’t be further from the truth. When we refuse to submit to the truths of Christ, our lives become miserable. We don’t feel like we fit, are loved, or are worth being loved. Christ sustains us with these truths in order to make his picture perfect, we only have to be the piece we were created to be.
When Paul wrote this passage, it was shocking to the world around him. Paul was talking about Jesus, a person that many people knew. Yet, Paul talks about him creating and sustaining the universe. If we talked about some person, who died within the past 30 years, as Paul talked about Jesus—we would be considered crazy. How can someone create and sustain the universe, if that person was born midway through the universe’s life? Yet, Jesus became the sustainer of every small thing in this world, and he gave value and significance to the small things of this world by being born.
Imagine that the creator and sustainer of this world was once a zygote. A little clump of cells in his mother’s womb. Then, this amazing being grew up as a child, but instead of being a superstar, he chose to honor his father and mother. He chose to follow the ways of his father. He chose to be a carpenter for many years. Only for a small portion of his life on earth did he play the role of preacher, prophet, and messiah. Then, for a man accustomed to working with the smell of wood and the bite of nails, he was crucified for the sins of this world. Yet, he was raised again three days later to bring restoration to the universe that he created.
The small things of this world matter to God. All the pieces of the puzzle have to fit in order for the picture to look as it Creator deemed it to look. As mother Theresa once said, “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” Whether it’s changing diapers in the children’s area or preaching the sermon, we all play a part in this Kingdom that Jesus made and is sustaining.
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9 thoughts on “Creator of the Little”
Yes, yes, and yes. Such a needful word to a star-obsessed culture.
What a revelation, no matter how small my piece of the puzzle may be, I am an important part. This message truly inspired me to embrace my common ordinary life at work, with my grandchildren and even the cashier at Walmart.
The nature of the “WOW” is revealed in the small.
This totally changes my way of thinking.
Some questions. I’d really like an answer for these…from any and all possible.
How did Christ–the Incarnate Word—sustain “every nanosecond” of Creation’s “moment-by-moment” existence while he was a baby in the womb of Mary? Was the Second Person of the Trinity, Christ, holding all things together as an yet-unborn embryo? If yes, how? If not, then who was and how?
Excellent sermon, by the way. 🙂
Good message. There was a time when my influence and purpose seemed much more important and widespread. As I have gotten older, my influence seems to diminish almost daily, and the inescapable feeling is one of a loss of value or usefulness in God’s eyes. To know we are precious is in one part of our brain a certainty, but in other parts, is a threatened kingdom, always under seige. This was a good reminder of God’s delight in the small “seemingly” insignificant things.
I do not agree with theistic evolution, and I think there are many proofs and arguments for a creationist position, but I appreciate the orientation of what is really crucial in our witness. I heard a debate locally between a guest creationist bigshot and a local community college evolutionist prof. The creationist certainly won the debate with his snazzy powerpoints and his rehearsed dogmatic presentations and answers, but I was ashamed for the way he attacked the evolutionist, who is really a seeker, and treated him with such disrespect. We should be able to talk about these things and agree to disagree.
Thank you Greg. This was a very insightful message 🙂
“When he becomes a human being and dies on the cross” is Jesus not the son of God? Wasn’t it Jesus, God’s son that he allowed to be sacrificed? If God became human and died on the cross for us, why does it say Jesus died on the cross for us. Was it Jesus, the son of God or was it God?
The language surrounding Jesus can become confusing until we trace back its original meaning in the Jewish context of the early church. In ancient Judaism, the phrase “son of God” could be used to signify the Messiah (it was taken from II Samuel 7:13-14), where God promised David that his messianic descendant would be as a “son” to God. So when Jesus took on humanity and came as our Messiah, Jesus came as the promised “son of God.” On the other hand, the New Testament also refers to Jesus in his pre-human state (and after) as “God” since he is one of the three eternal Persons of the Triune Godhead (e.g., John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; etc.). And so, Jesus is both “God” (in the sense that he is the fully divine second Person of the Trinity) and the “son of God.” Blessings