January 25, 2017: From the book: ANIMALS IN HEAVEN? CATHOLICS WANT TO KNOW! Chapter 4: Jesus—Lord of Creation

~by Susi Pittman


He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation;

for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,

whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities—

all things were created through him and for him.

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning,

the first-born from the dead, that in everything he might be pre-eminent.

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,

and through him to reconcile to himself all things,

whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

—Colossians 1:15–20

The union of the divine with the human material in the personage of Jesus Christ—Word of God, Son of God, Second Person of the Holy Trinity, Lord of Creation—is the foundation of all blessings upon man and upon the whole of creation.

Jesus came to substitute His obedience to God for humankind’s disobedience to God, which began in the Garden of Eden. All of creation was affected as Jesus brought renewal to all. All things remain subject to His will at all times, even though He chose to place into human hands the stewardship of all created things. All things everywhere in the created universe are gift and grace, and they ultimately obey Jesus’ command. Jesus, who, by His salvific action, renews the natural realm established by God.

And Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And he who sees me sees him who sent me.” (John 12:44–45)

Here Jesus reiterates for our benefit that He is indeed the Son of God, proceeding from the Father as perfect self-expression and meriting His Lordship over all that exists.

We find in the book of John that Jesus, who is the Word, was always with God, and it was through Jesus that all things were made.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God: all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. (John 1:1–3)

Jesus, Lord of Creation, united Himself to our humanity, inviting us to receive His spirit of love, truth, simplicity, peace, obedience, and transformation, and to share it with the whole of creation.

Jesus, being divine, the second person of the Godhead, had supernatural capabilities that He used to do His Father’s will at every moment of His life, bringing about the redemption of the world. Jesus approaches us from the Creator as the one through whom all things were created. He is given authority to redeem all things for the Creator.

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day.” (John 6:38–39)

His divinity—though in human form, living among humanity—was clearly made manifest. We see in the following points that creation responds to His will throughout the New Testament:

  • Jesus entered into His humanity through the womb of Mary. Mary conceived Jesus by divine impregnation as the Holy Spirit overshadowed her (Luke 1).
  • Jesus was born of a virgin (Matt. 1 and Luke 1).
  • During the wedding at Cana, Jesus changed water into wine (John 2).
  • Jesus raised the dead numerous times, including the young man at Nain (Luke 7), the daughter of Jarius (Matt. 9, Mark 5, and Luke 8), and his friend Lazarus (John 11).
  • Jesus fills Simon’s fish nets with fish (Luke 5).
  • Jesus cast out demons from possessed people (Matt. 8, and Mark 1 and 5).
  • Jesus feeds the four thousand men and their families with seven loaves and a few fish (Matt. 15, Mark 8).
  • Jesus and the fish with a coin in its mouth to pay taxes (Matt 17).
  • Jesus healed the sick with words or with His touch (Matt. 8, 9, and 15; Mark 14; Luke 17; and John 9).
  • Jesus restores a severed ear (Luke 22).
  • Jesus quells the storm and calms the sea (Mark 4).

Only the Lord of Creation is capable of such feats. All natural and supernatural creation responds to the Lord; even the demons were neutralized by the authority of Jesus.

It is awesome and amazing to imagine that Jesus loves all, renews all, and invites us to share His inheritance with His Father, our Creator in heaven. We need only trust that Jesus is the Messiah.

Both animate and inanimate creation share in a communion of praises to God by their very presence, in their beauty, in their sounds, and as a reflection of God’s love. All of creation is subject to change, made by the One who was, is, and will be “changeless” forever.

Jesus, the Beautiful One, Lord of Creation, has brought into this world nothing that He loathes. All was created for good through which the infinite goodness can radiate. Humankind, especially, has been called upon to find God in all creatures—much as Saint Francis of Assisi did—and to walk this world with them as brethren.

As much as we may wish to know everything possible, God intends some things to remain great mysteries that lead us to an internal call to faith. We lose so much when we feel we have to “dog-ear” the mysteries of life—dissecting, researching, and analyzing to death those things that are unseen gifts of divine providence.

Think about this for a moment: until humanity’s free will is perfected, why would God entrust us with something so important as understanding a great mystery while the possibility of humanity’s abuse of such a mystery still exists? Human common sense dictates that mysteries must exist, perhaps sometimes to save us from ourselves. A mystery demands faith to believe that some things God keeps, in His goodness, from us.

Our faith journey leads to the love and mercy that is God our Creator, who has reconciled man and creation with Himself through His Son, Jesus the Christ. Because of Jesus, all creation lives in providential hope for its ultimate destiny with its Creator.

Jesus voluntarily chose to offer Himself up in sacrifice so that the Father’s will for all creation, would be fulfilled. Only by Jesus’ death and resurrection are the chains of death broken for all things. Life begins anew, and the journey to the perfection that God intended comes to pass!

Jesus takes that which we ignore, abuse, and obliterate, and raises it up as He redeems all of creation. He and He alone was the perfect fit between heaven and earth, binding all together, sustaining all, and redeeming all to an ultimate perfection and unity.

Jesus Christ, having entered the sanctuary of heaven once and for all, intercedes constantly for us as the mediator who assures us of the permanent outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; a member of the St. John’ s Catholic Writers Guild;
a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the National Wildlife Federation, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

*** Visit SUSI WEEKLY ARCHIVE ***

.

Have a commentary you would like to share? Please visit our CONTACT US page and share your ideas with us.

.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • email
  • Digg
  • Google Bookmarks
  • RSS
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Twitthis
  • del.icio.us
  • Yahoo! Bookmarks
  • MySpace
  • Sphinn
  • Mixx