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Weekly SNAC, 5 July 2015 - The Master Builder by John



Did you like playing Lego as a kid? I loved it. I still love it! I had early 80s space Lego and town Lego before I graduated to technical Lego. Sadly I had grown up by the time Lego Mindstorms came along but I still toy with the idea of buying a set!

One of the great things about Lego is that you get to be the creator. If you want to make a house on wheels then go for it. If you want to make a spaceship with legs then you are free to do so. You are the Master Builder when it comes to your own Lego set. But I wonder if you can imagine entering into your Lego set creation? Imagine being able to drive that house on wheels or walk that spaceship on legs.

If only you could enter your creation! That’s exactly what the one true Master Builder has done.

Lately I have been reading John’s writings in the New Testament. I love John and thought I’d work through all his writings sequentially – John’s Gospel; 1,2 & 3 John; and I’m coming to Revelation. As I have been reading, I have been struck by what John has to say about the Master Builder. In John 1 he writes:

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 All things were created through Him,
and apart from Him not one thing was created
that has been created.
4 Life was in Him,
and that life was the light of men.
5 That light shines in the darkness,
yet the darkness did not overcome it.
- John 1:1-5

John takes us all the way back to creation and gives us an insight into the Master Builder of our Universe. From the beginning, God could not be separated from his Word. God spoke and creation came into being. Everything was created by and through God’s very Word.

For those who have never read John’s prologue before, you have to wait until verse 14 to discover that this Word being spoken about is Jesus:

The Word became flesh
and took up residence among us.
We observed His glory,
the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.
- John 1:14

John shows us that God the Father - the Master Builder - created everything through Jesus. From the beginning the two were at one, Father and Son.

Which makes verse 14 even more astounding. The very Word that created our Universe entered into it. He came as a light into darkness. Verse 18 tells us that although no one has ever seen God, Jesus came and revealed God in his creation.

Does that surprise you? The idea that the Creator should enter his creation should astound us. It certainly astounds me. Our God is not far off. He has not abandoned us to our own fate. He has come amongst us to bring us into his family by sacrificing himself for us. What a Master Builder that makes him!

I am excited that next week many kids will join together to learn about our Master Builder. As they learn they will be meeting Jesus. Pray that they too are astounded by their maker as they meet Jesus.

Jason Veitch

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