Which came first—the chicken or the egg?
Believe it or not, in our youth my friends and I would nearly drive ourselves bonkers trying to come up with the answer to this age-old puzzler. And I might add it was not without something more than just a little bit of heated argument among us!
The answer should have been as plain as the noses on our faces. The chicken came first. Obviously!
Because in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Then He began filling the earth with life: vegetation, sea creatures, birds, land animals, and finally His crowning achievement—humanity itself! Male and female He created them. In His image, He created them..
God didn’t plant just the seeds; He created the full-blown, final products and placed them in good stead here on this earth. These “adult” creations were something He could look at, touch, and call “good”—even “very good.” In other words, He created the chicken and not the egg; He created a chicken that was capable of producing the egg, just as He created man and woman who were capable of producing children.
That’s the real answer, but for a moment, let’s try to imagine that neither the chicken or the egg were ever created. In other words, both have always existed—before the beginning of time, before anything existed at all. Is it even possible to wrap our minds around something so humongous?
In my mind, it is doubtful. Most of us would become bogged down in a mire of confusion.
But this is exactly how it happened with Jesus the Christ, the Messiah. The Son of God.
The Bible tells us that Jesus was with God “in the beginning.” This phrase is a reference to eternity past, a time before the beginning of anything: space, time, matter. It’s a beginning that has no beginning.
In that eternal, infinite “present,” God existed. And Jesus existed. And if we continue researching the scriptures, we see that the Holy Spirit existed as well.
This is mind boggling! Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit has no beginning and will have no end. He is eternal.
A fundamental principle of the Christian faith is found in John 1:1, 14. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Do we need to hear it any plainer before we get it? Jesus is eternal, Jesus is Creator, Jesus is God and (by extension) Jesus is the Holy Spirit. The three are one and yet…
Take a look at Matthew 3:16-17. In this picture of Jesus’ baptism at the hand of John the Baptist, we see God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God the Son in a single snapshot—each operating individually.
At first glance, this might appear to be a contradiction: God is one; God is three. But since all scripture is God-breathed (comes from the mouth of God) and since God is truth, we know that all scripture is truth and cannot be contradictory.
Our God is ONE God. We worship only ONE God. We are monotheistic. Anything else would be contrary to the commands of our Lord. Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit are ONE. We must never make them into anything else.
But the ONE God we worship functions as three persons—-three essences. And all three can (and do) exist at the exact same moment in time. Eternally.
This is a difficult concept to grasp because it defies human logic. But because it is Truth from the mouth of God, we must accept it on faith. God is one; God is three. Amen.