Summary: To show that JESUS is GOD who created the earth and the Heavens.
Are you the work of JESUS?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that JESUS is GOD who created the earth and the Heavens.
Hebrews 1:10 (Amplified Bible)
1:10 And [further], You, Lord, did lay the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the works of Your hands.
JESUS does not change.
Earth and Heavens, the work of JESUS
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. JESUS laid the earth's foundation in the beginning
"And [further], You, Lord, did lay the foundation of the earth in the beginning,"
Psalms 102:25-27 (The Message)
102:25 You laid earth's foundations a long time ago, and handcrafted the very heavens;
102:26 You'll still be around when they're long gone, threadbare and discarded like an old suit of clothes. You'll throw them away like a worn-out coat,
102:27 but year after year you're as good as new.
Genesis 1:1 (The Message)
1:1 First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don't see.
John 1:1-3 (The Message)
1:1 The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God,
1:2 in readiness for God from day one.
1:3 Everything was created through him; nothing—not one thing!— came into being without him.
Revelation 3:14 (The Message)
3:14 Write to Laodicea, to the Angel of the church. God's Yes, the Faithful and Accurate Witness, the First of God's creation, says:
JESUS created the Earth, and the One who said "Heaven and Earth shall pass away but my WORD will never pass away. His Words refers to Himself as well, and He's the same yesterday, today and forever but this habitable earth and the Heavens will pass away.
B. JESUS made the Heavens
"and the heavens are the works of Your hands."
Psalms 8:3-4 (The Message)
8:3 I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry, Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
8:4 Then I look at my micro-self and wonder, Why do you bother with us? Why take a second look our way?
Isaiah 51:13 (The Message)
51:13 You've forgotten me, God, who made you, who unfurled the skies, who founded the earth. And here you are, quaking like an aspen before the tantrums of a tyrant who thinks he can kick down the world. But what will come of the tantrums?
Jeremiah 32:17 (The Message)
32:17 'Dear God, my Master, you created earth and sky by your great power—by merely stretching out your arm! There is nothing you can't do.
Zechariah 12:1 (The Message)