The Word and the World

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. John 1:10

The cosmos was made through the Logos, the Word of God. The word ‘world’, referring to what was made through the Word, stands for Planet Earth and everything in it. On the other hand, the final occurrence of the Greek word cosmos, rendered as ‘world’ in this verse, refers to the world’s inhabitants who did not recognize Jesus as their Maker.

This is the second time the evangelist refers to the Logos as the Creator. In John 1:3, he had already mentioned it soon after claiming that the Logos was God.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

John 1:1-3

It is important to note that the apostle John’s proclamation of the Logos as Creator is an integral part of his proclamation of the Logos as God. If you believe the Logos (Jesus) is God, you need to believe that He is the Creator who created everything according to the biblical account of creation. Everyone is free to accept or reject these claims. But anyone who calls himself a Christian – after trashing the doctrine of creation and embracing naturalistic explanations about a spontaneous or ‘guided’ evolution of the Universe – does violence to the Gospel’s claim about Jesus.

Christians who attempt to straddle both worlds believe that Jesus is the Creator who made everything through naturalistic processes over a period of millions of years. They feel more compelled to account for scientific ‘evidence’ than to abide by the biblical witness. The Bible, they claim, does not specify how God made the universe. Such ‘Christian evolutionists’ will find it extremely difficult to reconcile their views with John’s portrayal of Jesus as the Creator.

There are a few incidents recorded in John that hark back to the Genesis account of creation. Not only do these passages undergird Jesus’ role as Creator, but these also tell us how He went about creating the world. The most prominent of these is the manner in which Jesus healed the man who was born blind. Strangely, as it might seem, Jesus spat on the ground, made clay, applied it on the man’s eyes, and commanded him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.” Why did Jesus have to make clay? In the absence of water at hand, why did He go to the extent of spitting on the ground in order to make clay? With just a word, He could have given the man a new pair of eyes. Jesus chose to enact the creation scene in which Adam’s body was sculpted by God. If, through this incident, Jesus wasn’t affirming the Genesis account of Adam’s creation out of the dust of the earth, what was He doing? Any Jewish reader or an eye-witness to the incident would have been reminded of the way God created the first man using the dust of the earth. Jesus proved beyond all doubt that it was His hands and His Spirit that had turned a lump of clay into a living soul.

Christians who ‘believe’ in evolution or any other naturalistic explanation of human origin do not believe that humanity came from one man Adam. Instead, they believe that the Genesis account of creation is a myth or a legend. They think there were several such Adams, on many continents, all of whom had evolved from lower forms of life at various times. Different races of humanity, we are told, arose from those different Adams and Eves. Not only does such a view go against the Genesis account, but it also bolsters evils such as racism, eugenics, and the dehumanization of certain groups of people. Jesus affirmed Genesis. Jesus, the Second Adam, affirmed the creation of the first couple, Adam and Eve (Matthew 19:4). If you choose to believe in Jesus, you must believe the Genesis account of creation.

After He rose again from the dead, Jesus appeared to His disciples. He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Why did He have to breathe on them? Unaware of the significance of Jesus’ unique action, many modern pastors and preachers take it upon themselves to breathe on people so that they can receive the Spirit of God! The apostles were the nucleus of Jesus’ global Church. Jesus wished to make a statement about His sovereign role as Creator and Lord of the Church. It was a new beginning. Jesus breathed His Spirit into the newly formed Body of Christ, the Church, in a way that reminded His disciples of how He had breathed the breath of life into Adam’s nostrils! This was a vital moment of revelation that etched Jesus’ lordship over His Church onto the minds of his apostles. Therefore, when Jesus baptized them with the Holy Spirit after His ascension, they knew for sure that the gift of the Holy Spirit, poured out on them and on the rest of hundred-and-twenty in the Upper Room, was indeed from their Lord and Master.

None of the human theories of origins tells us anything about the origin of sin or death. We are dust and to dust we will return—a universal phenomenon that science cannot explain or prevent! Besides, we are fundamentally sinful and wicked. Not everyone acts equally wicked but everyone can be as wicked as he could be, given the right conditions. Our Humanism cannot explain this basic flaw in man. The brightest among us assume that evil and death are part and parcel of the universe.

The Bible tells us about the Fall of Man. The Bible’s claim that Eve was the first one to be deceived might irk women. But they should note that the good news of Jesus’ resurrection was first entrusted to a woman, that too in a garden (John 20:11-18). If it had not been for the Bible, no one would have been able to view sin and its consequences as unnatural intrusions into God’s perfect world. That intrusion was engineered by the devil. The story of the serpent in the Garden of Eden was not a cock-and-bull story. The Lord Jesus affirmed the influence of a literal devil on humanity. To his Jewish opponents Jesus said,

You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 8:44 and 10:10

Jesus had come to destroy the works of the devil and to evict him from his unlawful lordship over humanity (John 12:31). Jesus offers eternal life to a mortal humanity.

The doctrine of creation is vital to our doctrine of Christ. The story of creation is just not another story. The rest of the Bible is anchored to it.