Platform for Reality

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered Him, We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, You will be made free? Jesus answered them, Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (Jn. 8:32-36)

Perspective is 90% of reality… and Jesus here challenges the perspective of the Pharisees so that they would choose a different platform to base their reality. They believed that their connection to Abraham would serve as their platform of truth and Jesus makes it clear that only those who are disconnected from sin would find access to God’s House. Even in the opening chapter of the Bible, two important facts lay the foundation for us, if we can understand them; we will all gain a fresh perspective and a solid platform of reality.

1st. Creation was God’s Work!

“And God said… And God said… And God said”: This phrase beats in cadence all the way through the chapter, a chapter that mentions the word “God” thirty times. And in this first chapter, the very first glimpse of God is as an artist, who speaks the worlds into existence. Creation was His masterpiece! Butterflies, waterfalls, bottle nose dolphins, praying mantises, kangaroos… they were all His idea. This entire world is the product of His creative flow. God, no one else; is the Master of the Universe, and all that follows in the Bible reinforces the message. Behind all of history… all of reality, there is God. And from His mouth (His Word) will come the fabric that holds an accurate assessment of where we go from here… where we get knowledge, wisdom and truth.

2nd. Creation Was Good!

Another sentence tolls softly, like a bell, throughout this chapter: “And God saw that it was good”. In our day, we hear alarming reports about nature: the greenhouse effect, polluted oceans, vanishing species, the destruction of rain forests. Much has changed, much has been spoiled; since that first moment of creation. Genesis 1 describes the world as God created it, as He wanted it, before any corruption. Whatever beauty we sense in nature today is a faint echo of that pristine state. Our view from the outside looking in is of a Garden called Eden. A place where animals and plants may have looked very different from today, but they were good; the atmosphere was good and the Crowning achievement, the Man – Adam, was “very good”.

Freedom:

In Christ, God is restoring Creation through redemptive glory (Jn. 1:14)(Heb. 1:1-4). When we consider the heavens and the earth in all of their beauty, it behooves us to know what the plan of God was in the beginning, before sin entered our existence and clouded our perspective on reality. Freedom means something to God that it does not mean to us. By God’s own initiative, His creation was given more than just an environment. It was given order and governed by a daily experience with its Creator (Gen. 1:14-17)(Gen. 3:8). To man He said, “have dominion over the fish… the birds… the cattle… over all the earth” (Gen 1:26). And as God looked upon all that He had created and set in order, He was pleased… pleased because He had created a man in His own image and likeness for fellowship and love. This was His greatest hope… freedom, to share unhindered love. Remind yourself today that, “as many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gives the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of flesh and blood, nor of the will of man, but of God” (Jn. 1:12-13).

Jesus reveals freedom’s goal: “A Son abides in God’s House forever” – to share unhindered love!

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