Background Text: John 1:3
Devotional Text: John 15:5
Last week, we looked at God’s creation found in the Old Testament Scriptures, specifically in Genesis, the Psalms and in Isaiah.
This week, we are looking at the Scriptures from the New Testament point of view.
First, we are looking at the Scriptures that define Jesus Christ as the creator. We see this a number of times in the New Testament, including John 1:3, Colossians 1:16-17 and Hebrews 1:10-12.
Throughout the New Testament, Jesus and the apostle writers used the nature he created in analogies, symbolism and parables to explain to the believers about faith and the caring nature of God. Let’s look at some of them.
There are some wonderful verses concerning the birds of the air. In Matthew 6:26-29, Jesus talks about the birds.
As Jesus spoke to the crowds at his Sermon on the Mount, he told them not to be worried about what they will eat or what they will wear. Using the birds of the air as an example, he said, the birds neither work at a job, nor are they tied down. Instead, they are free and carefree in the care of God.
Jesus continued these statements by telling the people that God cares for them more than the birds.
In these same verses, Jesus talks about fashion and primping and shopping. Instead he says, go into the fields and look at all the colorful wildflowers. Even the best-dressed men and women, he says, look shabby against the wonderful colors of nature.
Next, we turn to Matthew 10:29-31. This is where Jesus makes comments about the sparrows. We see a similar verse in Luke 12:6.
In the Matthew Scripture Jesus tells us that the price of one sparrow is 1 cent. And yet, not a single bird falls to the ground without God knowing about it. But, God cares even more for us, right down to numbering the hairs on our heads.
Moving along to the Scripture from Luke, again Jesus refers to sparrows, saying that the cost of five sparrows is 2 cents, and though of little cost God still cares for them. This is followed by the statement that God cares even more for us, even numbering the hairs on our heads.
The Sower and the Seed
Let’s move onto some of the Scripture spoken by Jesus that has to do with plants. Jesus often used analogies in his parables to talk about various growing things as they teach us about our need for faith.
Mark 4:3-8, tells us the parable of the sower and the seed. In this story of the farmer scattering seed, some of it fell on the road and was eaten by birds. Some fell on gravel, and although it sprouted it couldn’t extend its roots into the ground so it died. Some fell among weeds and were strangled by them, and some fell on good soil and produced a great harvest.
When Jesus was alone with his disciples, they asked him the meaning of the sower and the seed. This is the explanation given by Jesus (verses 14-20).
The seed is the word of God. When it falls on the road, the people will hear it, but before long it is snatched away by Satan.
When it falls on gravel, some people will greet the word with enthusiasm and belief. However, as time goes on and struggles erupt in their lives, they forget about God’s word.
As the seed falls among the weeds, we find that some people are overwhelmed with problems and struggles. They become strangled by stress, and the word does not take hold.
Finally, we have the seed falling on good soil. This is when people hear the word, embrace it to themselves and their lives, and produce a good harvest by telling other people of the hope and trust they have found in God.
Jesus also used the symbolism of the vine to talk to the people about true faith. In John 15:5-8, Jesus calls himself the grape vine and refers to us as the branches. As branches join to the vine, he says, it is like us joining him in a trusting relational way.
If, however, we separate ourselves from the vine, no fruit will be produced. We become withered and dried out, and then thrown into the fire.
But, if our home is with God (Emmanuel, God with us), God then listens to us and acts on our needs. Furthermore, as branches that mature into grapes, we then become the blossoming disciples of Christ, allowing him to guide us along our daily path of life.
You can see as we have heard the words of Jesus in these Scriptures, he has taken the creation of nature and used it in his teaching about faith, trust and hope, as well as God’s caring relationship with us.
In conclusion, we will look at Scripture found in Revelation.
In Revelation 21:3-5, we find the creation of a new Heaven and a new Earth, the holy place where believers will live eternally with God.
It is also the home of the Tree of Life (Revelation 22:1-5) first mentioned in Genesis. This time, the tree is found planted on each side of the river. It bears 12 kinds of fruit, one for each month. We discover the leaves of the tree will heal the nations.
Our God (meaning Father, Son and Holy Spirit), created all things, including the wonderful forms of nature around us.
When Jesus came to Earth, he used that very creation to speak to us about God’s love and care, as well as our growth into mature disciples as we follow the word of God.
Lastly, someday, all believers will live eternally in God’s new Heaven and new Earth.