BIBLE INSIGHTS in 500 words
The Gospel of John presents the New Creation in seven days. Consider the seven days in John alongside the seven days of Genesis:
Day 1, God creates light (Genesis 1:3-5). (John 1:1-5) the Gospel of John opens with, ”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Day 2, God separates the waters above from the waters below (Genesis 1:6-8). (John 1:29) “The next day…” John baptizes Jesus and “saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.”
Day 3, Dry land appears and God creates life (Genesis 1:9-13). (John 1:35) “The next day…” Jesus call his first disciples who enter into life in him; Jesus renames Simon as Peter (which means “rock”).
Day 4, God separates day from night and creates the sun and moon (Genesis 1:14-19). (John 1:43) ”The next day…” Jesus predicts that “you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”
Day 5, God creates animals that will feed the world (Genesis 1:20-23). (John 6:22) The next day…” Jesus feeds the 5000 and offers his own body as the true bread of heaven
Day 6, God creates human beings in his own image (Genesis 1:24-31). (John 12:12) The next day…” The day of the Triumphal Entry when the crowds shouted, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Jesus is the perfect image of God.
Day 7, The Bible says, “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work” (Genesis 2:1)(John 19:31) The Bible says, ”Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath.” Jesus has just said, “It is finished,” (John 19:30), and he is laid to rest in the tomb.
The First Day of the New Creation
(John 20:1) Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. This is the first day of the New Creation. We see a woman in a Garden. This time, there is no serpent; we find the Savior that Mary thinks is “the gardener.”
(John 20:19-23) ”On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together… Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” …. As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” In the First Creation “the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7).
The Spirit of Jesus creates eternal life in us!