And so it begins. Today we begin our thirteenth year of reading through the Bible. The great thing about the Word of God is that it is alive. So even though we have read these passages many times, the Holy Spirit will interact with us and show us new things as we start out this new year and through these next 365 days.
We have an intriguing trio of passages to look at today. Jesus is the Word that speaks creation into existence (Genesis 1&2) and then in Psalm 19 we see how this creation proclaims the glory of God. But then in Mark 1 we see the person of John the Baptizer proclaiming this person coming in the flesh to be with us. Mark recounts:
1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way”—
3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’” (Mark 1:1-3 [NIV])
And then the rest of Mark 1 is filled with vignettes and stories of Jesus being that creative powerful force that shapes history for His salvific purposes. All of this to bring us to a saving knowledge of Jesus.
God’s Word to us in not only what we read, but what we see in creation. The Psalmist puts it this way:
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world. (Pslam 19:104a [NIV])
So as we begin 2021 we don’t need to guess who made all we see around us. Creation is declaring the Glory of God. The Maker shares who He is through what He created. But that’s not all, He came to be with us, so we could see what a personal god is like.
We may still have tough times ahead of us in 2021, but we know who has created all that we see. And that creation continues to tell us day after day all about God and His love for us. I think that through this year there will be many more trios of passages that share a similar message. Let’s listen to what God has to say to us today.
Father God, thank you that you didn’t just create this universe and walk away. Thank you that we can listen to what You have created and it brings us a better picture of who You are. But, also thank you for coming as a human being to show us how to live and thank you for dying on the cross that we may enjoy you forever. Amen.