How clever is our God?!
We don’t even get past the first few words of the first sentence before God gives us a clue to the end of the Bible.
Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning…”
To recognize the clue, though, we have to jump forward to the first few words of the first sentence in the Gospel of John in the New Testament.
John 1:1—“In the beginning…”
The purpose of Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 is not only to record the history of the beginning, but also to point us to Christ.
“In the beginning,” God gives us the end. (Isaiah 46:9-11)
What is the end?
I believe it’s why God gave us the Bible. God wants us to know Him, but we can’t know Him until we’re restored to Him. We can’t be restored to Him apart from His Son, Jesus Christ. (John 14:6)
Through Christ alone, all things are redeemed and restored to God. (Colossians 1:15-20)
Thus, everything starts and ends with Christ.
Not even our personal testimony starts with us!
My testimony isn’t, “When I was in junior high, this happened . . . and then I gave my life to Christ.”
Instead, my testimony is, “God began to work in my heart when I was in junior high when
. . . and then Christ saved me.”
In the first testimony, I’m the central figure.
In the second, Christ is.
I didn’t reach out to Christ. He reached out to me, and I responded.
I didn’t draw Christ to myself. He drew me to Himself, and I responded.
I didn’t save myself. Christ saved me.
Christ gives us life abundant. (John 10:10)
So, why does it matter that we understand that the Bible starts with Christ?
The more we understand why something matters, the more the truth moves from our head to our heart.
The truth moves from knowledge to experience, and becomes a part of us.
There’s no better place for God’s truth to be than as a part of us. It’s the best part of us!
“…so that He [Christ] Himself will come to have first place in everything.” (Colossians 1:18)
What we might be tempted to view as a hopeless situation, we’ll now see as part of God’s good plan in our lives.
God’s plans always end with Him receiving glory, and that always blesses us.
What we might be tempted to view as a hopeless situation, we’ll now see as it really is — part of God’s good plan in our lives. God’s plans always end with Him receiving glory — and that blesses us.
We can’t see the end from the beginning, but because God does, we can live as though we do.
From beginning to end, it’s always been about Christ, and that’s why “In the beginning” God gives us the end — Redemption in Jesus Christ!
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the First and the Last,
the Beginning and the End.”
~ Revelation 22:13
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