“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 1:1-3 (NIV)
“For in him all things were created:
things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things have been created through him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
Colossians 1:16-17 (NIV)
The first book of the Christian Bible is the book of Genesis or the book of beginnings. In this book we read the answers to questions cosmologists ask such as, “How did the universe begin?” or “Why did the universe begin”. In the sacred pages of Holy Scripture we read the answers to these and other questions about the origin, the purpose, and the final destiny of the universe.
Arguably the most brilliant theoretical physicist of the twentieth century was Albert Einstein.
Though not believing in a personal God, The Saturday Evening Post, October 26, 1929, published George Sylvester Viereck’s interview with Albert Einstein. When asked “To what extent are you influenced by Christianity,” Einstein answered: “As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene.” When asked “Have you read Emil Ludwig’s book on Jesus,” Einstein replied: “Emil Ludwig’s Jesus is shallow. Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrasemongers, however artful. No man can dispose of Christianity with a bon mot! (witty remark) When asked “You accept the historical existence of Jesus,” Einstein answered: “Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.”
Jesus is the One Who created everything that exists and did so for His pleasure. As we begin this month of December that includes the joyful theme of Christmas, I wish to take you through the Bible from Genesis to the Gospels and consider with you various prophecies concerning the One Who was to come as the Saviour of sinners.
Yes, Jesus really did come into the world of space and time as promised by the prophets and His life here is recorded by the four Gospels for us to read and to be “enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene.”
Join me on this literary adventure in the pages of holy writ this month and learn afresh to find yourself lost in wonder, love and praise.