Short Meditations in John 1: 3. Jesus, Creator God
Jn 1:3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made
The uniqueness of the God-man, Jesus Christ, continues to be expounded by John in short pithy verses that mark this Gospel out, as we said before, as a Gospel full of meaning as distinct from the three other earlier historical-information Gospels. John has declared Jesus (and it will be clarified later in the chapter that it is Jesus) to be God and yet distinct from God, who has existed from the beginning of time, but now he puts him into what we might call an historical time frame – he was there at the beginning and was involved in the very acts of Creation.
We deal with a mystery here for the Bible does not tell us much how Father and Son worked to bring into being all that we know of as material existence. We are given an enigmatic picture in Proverbs as ‘wisdom’ is personified and, we suggest, can only really refer to Jesus: “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began. When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water; before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world. I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.” (Prov 8:22-29) There is that same sense of being in existence, coming forth from God Himself “from the beginning before the world began.”
But then we are given an inkling into his role, the Son alongside the Father: “Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.” (Prov 8:30,31) What a beautiful picture of purposeful unity, Father and Son working together to bring into being all that we know.
The writer to the Hebrews also catches something of his role, his power: “sustaining all things by his powerful word.” (Heb 1:3) He not only helped bring it into being, he also ensure it keeps going. This is part of the role of the Son. Hallelujah!