Christ the Incarnate was present at Creation, as was God, the Father, and God the Holy Spirit (Gen.1: 1-2, 26) We know that Christ is Creator because He is referenced as Creation’s Creator in both John 1:1-4, 10 (Christ is the Word or Logos) and Colossians 1:15-16.
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for though Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:15-16, New Living Translation, NLT)
Now, I said all this to establish that Christ is the Creator, and God, the Father, bestowed the right as Creator to Christ. (In fact, Christ holds Creation together, see Col. 1:17.)
Think about what I’m writing here. We do not have a detailed written account of the Creation of Adam, or the Lord’s thoughts in the process. I have taken what I know about my Lord and Savior and written a few what-if’s to help us see that the Grace of God was present even as Adam was being formed. Just as filmmakers have placed their creative interpretations before us through the sights and sounds of many biblical accounts on film, God has given us all the ability to see scenes played out in our mind’s eye.
Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. Gen. 2:7 (NLT)
Did Christ haphazardly throw a few dust particles together to form Adam? No, of course not; He formed Adam from the dust of the ground. He took care in the process of designing Adam.
I can’t help but to think that as Christ formed Adam that perhaps Christ’s thoughts turned to the man Adam would become. Could those thoughts have even included all of mankind throughout the generations of time? I believe His thoughts included even you and me, after all, we know that all our days were established by Him before they came to be (Psalm 139: 16, 17).
Christ, through the authority of God, the Father, had a beautiful plan meshed into the very marrow of Adam as He knitted and formed Adam into man…from dust. When Christ formed and molded Adam from dust into tissue, veins, bones, and muscles, did Christ think about Adam’s eventual sin and his need of a Savior? He had to have done so. God is omniscient, meaning that He is all knowing, and Christ, as part of the Trinity or Godhead, is God.
As Christ created the blood that would course through Adam’s vein, did He think about the Blood He would shed one day to pay the penalty of sin’s hold on mankind? Christ’s own Blood would have to be shed out of necessity to provide the means at which man’s sin could be pardoned. Oh, the beautiful Grace shed through the Blood of Christ, the Sacrificial Lamb, for all humanity, in all time, back to the Old Testament to the New and through to the modern age we live in, and on into the future. That’s grace! It’s amazing and an all-surpassing Grace; unmerited and un-matchless. Oh the beauty, poured out so freely in the precious shed blood of Christ.
As Christ sculpted Adam, did He think about that GRACE He would FREELY give years into the future to mankind in which He had given the gift of free will? No one held Him on the Cross. Love held Him there. He did what the Father wanted Him to do.
Did tears fall from His face and trickle down on the yet, non-breathing, non-living Adam? Scripture gives account that we are made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27), and we know from Scripture that God is emotional. He acknowledged that creation was good after He created it (Gen. 1:31). One could not proclaim something to be good, if the One making that proclamation did not have emotions. Many accounts are given in Scripture of God’s righteous anger, wrath, gentleness, kindness, and compassion, to name but a few. We even see accounts given of Christ displaying emotions in the New Testament when He was both fully God, and also fully human.
Are you getting a picture?
As Christ continued to work on Adam’s conglomerate of tissues, organs, and bones, did He think on the day when the First Plan to temporarily cover man’s sin would have to be canceled in order to reveal the Last and Greater plan for the remission of sin? The permanent and eternal Second Plan would be put into action through Christ’s death on the Cross and His subsequent Resurrection from the grave. The First Plan was a temporary atonement for sin, but the second improved upon the first, because it gifted mankind with an eternal atonement that only waits for our acceptance of grace.
Before He leaned over to breathe in His life-giving breath into Adam, did Christ think about the last breath He would take upon the Cross that would bring about eternal life for those who would choose to follow Him? Do you understand the majesty of the beauty of THAT loss of breath that would, by its cessation, give us the opportunity to experience a lasting and eternal life in the presence of a Most Holy God? The gift of an indescribable Breath of Eternal Life was given to man that would last into infinity.
Only when we are in the presence of our Redemption will we fully grasp the awesomeness of the beauty of His act of Creation that would lead to us to Him! I hope you’ll be there with me simply in awe of His beautiful gift!