Wherever Jesus went, amazing things happened. I sometimes wonder what it would have been like if Jesus had been able to go more places and do more miracles. Wouldn’t it have been a better plan to allow Jesus to be all over the place working in multiple cultures and increasing God’s influence in the world? Shouldn’t Jesus have been here just a while longer?
Of course, that is silly. Christianity has permeated nearly every culture in the world and continues to reach out to more people every day. I used to believe that it was impossible to spread the gospel to every part of the world but in my lifetime the world has shrunk dynamically. Every day, some miracle of technology reaches people previously thought unreachable and knocks down the barriers of isolation that I thought would stand forever.
God hasn’t blessed us with the ability to create an internet to play games and catch up and re-runs of old TV shows. It isn’t so kids can have a vast library in their homes to do their homework. It isn’t for us to be able to chase down old friends and classmates and shoot the breeze on Facebook or for us to tweet like little birds on Twitter. It certainly isn’t for us to do the evil things that are often done using the world-wide web.
It is to help us further to Kingdom of God.
Oh, I know that there are people who feel they created the internet. There are people who were instrumental in creating it but their ability to do so comes from God above. They don’t have to believe it, they don’t even have to believe he exists. He still is the creator of all things.
Colossians 1:15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, 16 for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.
Sure, everything here is in the past tense. Paul only knew about the things that had been created so far. But there was no line drawn when creation ended. It hadn’t ended then and it hasn’t ended now. People can try to take credit for the new creations but it is God.
If not for God, we would be carrying big sticks everywhere, traveling on foot and eating cold meat. Of course, we have tried to use all these things mostly for our own personal interests but they were created through him and for him.
I, myself am a new creation. This creation takes place every day. As the old passes away, the new is added.
2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.
No, creation isn’t something that started and ended in seven days. That’s just the beginning. God is a creator and he has not stopped creating.
John 14:1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.”
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. 10 As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them.
When I wonder why Jesus had to leave so soon and why he didn’t do more when he was perfectly capable of making a way to continue on here, I forget that he was just getting the ball rolling. He created disciples out of fishermen, doctors and tax collectors. He created new hearts in people. He completed what he was sent here to do. He paid the price for our sins by dying and he made a way for us to connect to God by rising again. He demonstrated his power over the grave and over sin but most importantly he continued creation right before the very eyes of all who cared to look.
What he did was amazing but what was to come was beyond imagination. That next step is going to be a doozy!